The Dodgers announced their finalized coaching staff Wednesday, including the hiring of catcher Chris Gimenez as their new “game planning coach.” That appointment, it seems, will bring a 10-year Major League career to a close for Gimenez. The affable backstop split the 2018 season between the Cubs and Twins and finished out the ’18 season as a backup option for Minnesota.
In parts of 10 seasons, Gimenez appeared in 386 Major League games and tallied 1067 plate appearances between the Indians, Twins, Mariners, Rays, Rangers and Cubs. While the bulk of Gimenez’s work came behind the plate, he was versatile enough to spend time at first base, in the outfield corners and, more briefly at third base. Beyond that, Gimenez took the ball for 11 relief appearances in his career — the majority of which came in blowout settings. In all, he was a .218/.307/.344 hitter whose charismatic nature made him a clubhouse favorite virtually anywhere he landed.
As previously reported, the Dodgers’ coaching staff will feature new third-base coach Dino Ebel and first-year hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc. The other new addition to the big league staff will be assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates, who is entering his fifth season with the organization and will be promoted after working as a hitting coach in the minor leagues. Bates, a former first baseman, appeared in five MLB games with the 2009 Red Sox and spent parts of eight seasons playing in the minor leagues as well.
Manager Dave Roberts, bench coach Bob Geren, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, hitting strategist Brant Brown, first base coach George Lombard and bullpen coach Mark Prior will all return to the coaching staff in the same roles they occupied last season.