*This is an update to a story that ran at an earlier date*
The Dodgers have once again lost a member of the organization.
Dodgers lost another coach. Luis Ortiz, who with Brant Brown was an assistant hitting coach and org hitting coordinator with LA, joins Chris Woodward’s staff in Texas as the Rangers hitting coach
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) November 14, 2018
This time, assistant hitting coach Luis Ortiz was plucked from the organization by the Texas Rangers. He will become the hitting coach for new Texas manager Chris Woodward.
Ortiz was thought in some circles to be under consideration for the vacant Dodgers hitting coach position. He leaves the organization after only one season.
The Dodgers lost another member of the front office as Ehsan Bokhari has accepted a position with the Houston Astros. Bokhari has been a senior analyst in baseball operations R&D with the Dodgers since May of 2015. He now will join Houston as their Director of research and development, replacing Mike Fast.
Ehsan Bokhari has joined the Astros as Director, R&D, where he will lead the organization's R&D department. Bokhari joins the Astros from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he has spent the last four seasons as a senior analyst in the club's Research and Development department.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) November 9, 2018
With Bokhari [and Ortiz] leaving, that’s now an outstanding
SIX [SEVEN] members of the Dodgers’ organization departing this young off season, by my count.
The names including:
- Ortiz to the Rangers
- Again, Bokhari to the Astros
- Of course Farhan Zaidi to the San Francisco Giants as the new President of Baseball Operations
- Former third base coach Chris Woodward, who hired as the new manager of the Texas Rangers
- Hitting coach Turner Ward to the Cincinnati Reds as their new hitting coach
- Danny Lehmann, Game-Planning/Communications Coach in 2018, and advance video scout from 2015-17
Gameplanning/communications coach Danny Lehmann will not be returning to #Dodgers coaching staff in 2019
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 8, 2018
- And minor league hitting coordinator Paco Figueroa leaving to the Philadelphia Phillies
#Phillies have hired Paco Figueroa as major league outfield/baserunning coach.
Most recently, Paco served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Dodgers.
Welcome to Philly, Paco! pic.twitter.com/Xoo3lwWHbR
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 6, 2018
We are still awaiting word on Dave Roberts’ bench coach Bob Geren’s status for 2019 and beyond. His name was missing from a list of field staff and coaches returning for 2019.
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