The Dodgers have announced their 2013 coaching staff, and a couple familiar faces will be in Los Angeles this upcoming season. 2011-12 Lookouts pitching coach Chuck Crim will serve as the Dodgers' bullpen coach, while 2009 Lookouts manager and 2010 hitting coach John Valentin will serve as assistant hitting coach. Valentin and Crim join the 11-man Dodgers coaching staff, which also includes Chattanooga-born Rick Honeycutt.
Valentin will enter his sixth season in the Dodger organization and first as assistant hitting coach. The 45-year-old was previously the hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque (2011-12) and Double-A Chattanooga (2010) and the manager for Double-A Chattanooga (2009) and Single-A Inland Empire (2008). Valentin is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, winning the Silver Slugger Award at shortstop in 1995. The New York native finished his career with a .279 career batting average in 1,105 big league contests.
Crim enters his first season as bullpen coach and his seventh in the Dodger organization after serving as an amateur scout (2007-08), Rookie-Advanced Ogden's pitching coach (2009), Single-A Great Lakes' pitching coach (2010) and Double-A Chattanooga's pitching coach (2011-12). Crim's staff at Chattanooga posted a Southern League-best 3.66 ERA in 2011 and was second best in 2012 (3.57). The Van Nuys native was a reliever in the big leagues for the Brewers, Angels and Cubs from 1987-94, posting a career record of 47-43 with 45 saves and a 3.83 ERA. Crim was the head baseball coach at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita from 2003-05. (Bio information courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers)
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