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Dodgers: Brandon Gomes Explains Reason for Shift on Dave Roberts’ Coaching Staff

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the news this week with changes to their coaching staff. The team is moving Danny Lehmann to the bench coach role and Bob Geren will be moving to a major league field coordinator role.

Geren previously worked as the bench coach for the last seven seasons and operated closely with Dave Roberts. Now, he will serve as a major league field coordinator role.

Geren will be transitioning into a completely new position, but LA general manager Brandon Gomes gave insight into why the shift occurred, as Fabian Ardaya reports in The Athletic.

“Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, general manager Brandon Gomes outlined the realignment as a slight shift in duties, with Geren still tasked with several of his usual responsibilities such as scheduling, staying up to date on rules and more. Lehmann, whose work has included work on defensive alignments and with the pitching staff, will continue to bolster the staff in those areas.

“It’s more about splitting up duties and responsibilities to be as effective and efficient as possible,” Gomes said. “(Lehmann) was already contributing a ton. So it’s keeping what he has done and been really impactful on and adding more responsibilities.”

Many bench coaches, like Geren, have also had managerial backgrounds. Geren served as a former manager while working with the Oakland A’s from 2007 to 2011. He was also interviewed for a few different clubs’ managerial roles in recent offseasons. 

As far as Lehmann, he has experience as a former catcher and will be able to provide that knowledge to the team as well. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2007 from Rice University. After his minor league career, Lehmann came to the Dodgers in 2015 in a coaching position. 

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  1. Wow, that seems like a real insult toward Geren. Is the organization trying to get rid of him? Sounds like a demotion of sorts.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him looking elsewhere.

  2. There is a lot more to the “shift” in the coaching. However, until Geren goes to another club, we will never know.

  3. What does this mean to the Dodger patients & the ball players ? The benifits of the change.

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