Former Major League catcher Damon Berryhill has been named the Albuquerque Isotopes field manager in 2014, as announced today by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Next season will mark Berryhill's first campaign as a Triple-A manager as he succeeds Lorenzo Bundy who was previously named the Dodgers' third base coach.
Pitching coach Glenn Dishman and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs will return to Albuquerque for the 2014 season.
Berryhill, 50, is embarking on his sixth season in the Dodgers organization as a field manager after spending five years as manager of the Dodgers' Pioneer League club in Ogden (Rookie - Advanced). The Laguna Beach, CA native led the Raptors to the playoffs in four of the five seasons he managed, including setting a franchise record with 44 wins in 2010. Prior to joining the Dodgers in 2009, Berryhill spent four seasons in the Texas Rangers organizations, three as a minor league catching coordinator and one as manager of their Single-A Bakersfield affiliate. Prior to his time with the Rangers, the Major League catcher was the Arizona Diamondbacks' catching coordinator from 2003-2004. His first year of coaching came in 2002, where he served as a coach for the Angels' Single-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga.
The switch-hitting backstop was originally drafted in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Cubs. His Major League career spanned 10 seasons, including stints with the Cubs (1987-91), Atlanta Braves (1991-93), Boston Red Sox (1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995) and the San Francisco Giants (1997). As a player, he appeared on three postseason rosters, including one World Series with the Braves in 1992. He belted 47 home runs in his Major League career and also hit a game-winning three-run homer for the Braves in Game 1 of the 1992 World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dishman embarks on this fourth full season with Albuquerque and fifth overall in the role (he joined the club mid-way through the 2010 season). Under the 43-year-old coach's guidance, eight pitchers were promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout the 2013 season. Aside from Albuquerque, Dishman served as pitching coach at Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers (2010), Double-A Chattanooga (2009) and Jacksonville (2008), Single-A Great Lakes (2007), Vero Beach (2006) and Columbus (2005). Dishman spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for San Diego (1995-96), Philadelphia (1996), and Detroit (1997). He compiled a 5-10 career record with a 5.25 ERA in 33 games (21 starts).
Stubbs, 53, returns to the Duke City for his second season as the Isotopes hitting coach, after spending three seasons in the Dodgers organization as a player from 1983-85. In his first season as Albuquerque's hitting coach, he led Triple-A rookie Chili Buss, who led the league with 100 RBI, to his Major League debut. The North Carolina native was drafted by Los Angeles in the first round of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft. A member of the 1988 World Series Champion Dodgers, Stubbs spent three seasons (1983-85) with the Albuquerque Dukes and made his Major League debut in 1984. In 237 career games with the Dukes, Stubbs compiled a .275 batting average with 54 home runs and 175 RBI, including a fantastic 1985 campaign of 32 homers and 93 RBI. The first baseman and outfielder's 10-year Major League career included stints with the Dodgers (1984-89), Astros (1990), Brewers (1991-92) and Tigers (1995). He belted 104 career Major League home runs and had 348 RBI in 945 games.
He joined the Dodgers' player development department in 2009 and was hitting coach at Class A (2009-10) and Double-A (2011-12) prior to joining the Isotopes in 2013. Stubbs' experience also includes time as a hitting instructor in the Atlanta Braves organization from 1998-2008.