Now that Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson are settled in as permanent managers of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, respectively, it's time for both skippers to find a right-hand man.
Gibson appears to be locking into Alan Trammell as bench coach as the Arizona Republic reports. The two played together from 1983-1987, when Gibson was the right fielder, and remain good friends. When Trammell was named manager of Detroit in 2003, he tapped Gibson as bench coach (pictured). Now, it appears the two will reunite in Arizona, just in the opposite jobs.
Trammell is coming off four years as bench coach with the Cubs, but Mike Quade is expected to bring in his own man.
In other coaching news, the Diamondbacks will hire either ex-Rockies and Cubs manager Don Baylor or ex-hitting coach Rick Down to be hitting coach. Baylor has served as hitting coach as well and was recently replaced in Colorado by Carney Lansford in that role. Down has been hitting coach six times for five teams, including twice with the Yankees.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, ex-Royals manager Trey Hillman seems poised to become Don Mattingly's bench coach, as MLB.com reports . Hillman knows Mattingly from Hillman's time managing in the Yankees farm system from 1990-2001.
While L.A. has yet to make any announcements, preferring to wait until all coaches are in the fold, Rick Honeycutt is expected to return as pitching coach along with Ken Howell as bullpen coach. Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who lost out on the managerial gig to Mattingly, is interviewing for some positions as manager. If he doesn't nail any, he will become the third-base coach. Even if Wallach wins a manager job, Larry Bowa's time with the Dodgers is already assured to end.
There are three candidates to replace Mattingly as hitting coach: Jeff Pentland, Chili Davis and Manny Pota. Last is first-base coach as Mariano Duncan will not be returning, but there are no known candidates.
-- Evan Brunell
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