The Dodgers reportedly have hired Jeff Kingston as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. By making this move, he leaves the Seattle Mariners where he also was Vice President and Assistant General Manager. He had that position from 2015 until he resigned that job to join the Dodgers.
Dodgers have hired Jeff Kingston as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Previously held same title with Mariners.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 10, 2018
Kingston was hired by Jack Zduriencik as Mariners assistant GM in 2009 and has been a VP and assistant GM to Jerry Dipoto last 3 years. Good man. Sorry to see him go, but good opportunity with Dodgers. https://t.co/CYrXXlSHNd— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) December 10, 2018
Corey Brock who covers the Mariners for The Athletic wrote about Kingston’s role in the Mariners’ efforts to improve their pitching.
Make no mistake, the Jeff Kingston loss to the Dodgers is big.— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) December 10, 2018
He had just taken over more responsibility of the high performance aspect of the org.
And he was the one who brought on Brian DeLunas, a pivotal hire a year ago on the pitching side.
After reviewing that article and others, I think this could have been a move that the Dodgers might have done even if Farhan Zaidi was still with the Dodgers. But then, one reason Kingston resigned from the Mariners could be he sees the GM job at the Dodgers as a possibility.
Kingston did serve as interim General Manager in between Jack Zduriencik and Jerry Dipoto but he also was passed over when the Mariners hired Dipoto.
Two new Hall of Fame members
The one major announcement made on Sunday was from the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Today’s Game Era Committee held their election and voted in relief pitcher Lee Smith and outfielder/designated hitter Harold Baines.
This was the second time since 2016 that the Today’s Game committee had their election. In 2016, the committee named former Commissioner Bud Selig and longtime front office executive John Schuerholz to the Hall of Fame.