On Wednesday, the Dodgers announced their coaches for the 2019 season.
Headlining the coaching staff will be pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who will return for his 14th season with LA. Bob Geren will return as LA’s bench coach, and George Lombard will return as the first base coach. Both will be entering their fourth season with the club.
Returning for their second year with the team, Mark Prior will be back as LA’s bullpen coach, and Brant Brown will return as their hitting strategist.
The newcomers include Dino Ebel, who will be replacing Chris Woodward as the third base coach. Robert Van Scoyoc replaces Turner Ward as the hitting coach. Aaron Bates will take over as an assistant hitting coach, and Chris Gimenez will take over as the game planning coach.
Ebel, 52, spent the last 14 years in the Angels organization. While with the Angels, he spent time as a third base coach, bench coach, as well as outfield coach. Prior to his time with the Angels, he spent 17 years in the Dodgers organization as a minor league player, coach, and manager.
Van Scoyoc spent last season with the D’Backs as a hitting strategist. Prior to being in Arizona, Van Scoyoc spent time in LA as a hitting consultant.
A native of Los Angeles, the 32-year-old has worked with J.D. Martinez and Chris Taylor recently to change their swings.
Bates has been in the organization for five years. The 34-year-old will see his first time in the big leagues as an assistant hitting coach after spending the last four years as a coach in the minors.
In addition to his MLB assistant hitting coach duties, Bates will work with Dodgers minor league hitters. A role similar to that of Luis Ortiz and Brant Brown in 2018.
Gimenez will spend his first year as a coach after a 10-year big league career. The soon to be 36-year-old was a catcher, and occasionally played the corners as a player. He also pitched in 11 games, including 10 appearances from 2016-18, four more than any other non-Ohtani position player.