While the roster remains intact, the Dodgers look to upgrade their personnel. Brant Brown has officially been replaced by Aaron Bates as the Dodgers new co-hitting coach for the 2023 season.
Bates will work alongside Robert Van Scoyoc and the team now looks for a new replacement to fill the assistant hitting coach role. Bates was the assistant hitting coach since the 2019 season.
Bates began his carer as a pro in 2006 when he was drafted in the third round by the Boston Red Sox. Bates went on to appear in just five major league games and hit an RBI single in his first at-bat.
Andrew Friedman confirmed that the Dodgers are promoting Aaron Bates to co-hitting coach alongside Robert Van Scoyoc, replacing Brant Brown
Team is still deciding how they will address the assistant hitting coach role
— Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) December 7, 2022
His playing career ended in 2014 but not before being engulfed into the Dodgers under a minor league contract where he played just 11 games due to being on the disabled list. Being in the organization for one season was enough to jumpstart his coaching career with the Dodgers as an assistant coach for the rookie class Arizona League Dodgers in 2015.
Bates continued to climb on the coaching ranks and now has a chance to help a Dodgers hitting unit that ranked among the best in the league in 2022. With a few shakeups among the roster the team may rely on Bates more than ever to help get back the spark from last season.
The Dodgers can very well make some more moves until the start of the season, but Bates and the rest of the coaching staff are going to be ready for an uphill battle.
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