The Coaching Turnover Begins

It only took about 10 minutes after Sunday’s season finale for the news to break that bench coach Bob Schaefer wouldn’t return in 2011. If anything, I’m surprised it took even that long, after the inflammatory comments he’d made in September. 

All of the other coaches were thought to have a decent chance of returning, but Ken Rosenthal has just informed us that this isn’t quite the case:

Bowa, Duncan won’t return as #Dodgers‘ coaches, but asked to stay in org. Schaefer has said he won’t be back. Honeycutt future unclear.

I have no love lost for Bowa, and I’d had enough of his complaining, so I’m fine with his departure. I liked Mariano Duncan well enough… but that’s basically my only opinion of him, good or bad. I’m kind of indifferent to him either way, I suppose.

And then there’s Rick Honeycutt, who seems to get a never-ending stream of crap from fans. I understand why some don’t like him, but it’s hard to argue with the results of a pitching staff which has been very good for two years in a row, despite often being patched together with spit and duct tape.

Who do you want to see on the coaching staff? The general feeling is that Tim Wallach would be asked to become the hitting coach if he doesn’t manage to pick up a managerial job elsewhere this winter. Otherwise, you’ve now got at least three – and possibly four – holes to fill, at 1B, 3B, bench coach, and maybe pitching coach. It’s common knowledge that the bench coach will be someone with managerial experience. My money’s on ex-Mets manager Willie Randolph, Mattingly’s former teammate and coaching colleague in New York. That’s assuming he doesn’t get the managerial job in Milwaukee, where he was the bench coach this season.