Once again, the Arizona Diamondbacks have stolen something away from the Dodgers. Okay, that’s being a little dramatic, but the Diamondbacks have poached one of the Dodgers player development coaches.
Arizona named Shaun Larkin as their new director of player development. He was the field coordinator for the Dodgers, and now the team has an opening that they need to fill this winter.
Larkin had been with LA for the last eight seasons, first coming to the team back in 2015 in a role as a skill development coordinator. He worked his way up the ladder and has been a valuable member of the organization since.
Larkin has spent time with both the Dodgers and Cleveland in his career, so he brings vast experience to the table with him. He was well respected within the Dodgers organization, and LA will miss him.
Diamondbacks assistant general manager Mike Fitzgerald gave his thoughts on the move and added that the energy that Larkin brings is infectious.
“We’re really excited to add him into the fold,” Fitzgerald said, “and have him continue to build upon the momentum that we’ve had over the last couple of years and help us continue to get better.”Per Mark Fitzgeral via AZCentral.com
Any time a division rival takes someone from the Dodgers organization, it can be difficult. It’s the last place you’d prefer staff members to go since they are directly in competition with LA.
But teams like the Dodgers are always having members of their staff taken away by other teams, as they want to replicate the success LA has seen. We wish Shaun nothing but the best going forward and thank him for his time with the team!
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