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PHOENIX -- Although the Los Angeles Dodgers still haven't announced new manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff for next season, it appears to be almost complete, with only a first-base coach still to be hired as part of the primary staff. Meanwhile, former Dodgers infielder Dave Hansen has emerged as a candidate for the secondary hitting instructor's job.
Hansen, who as a player primarily was a pinch-hitting specialist, is among those who have interviewed for the position, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, former major league outfielder Chili Davis, who served as an instructor at the Dodgers' Instructional League program for a few weeks this fall, is no longer a candidate for the secondary hitting instructor's job, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The confirmed members of the Dodgers' primary coaching staff are pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, bullpen coach Ken Howell, bench coach Trey Hillman, hitting coach Jeff Pentland and third-base coach Tim Wallach. Pentland served as the team's secondary hitting coach for the past two seasons, along with Manny Mota.
While Mota is expected to return, a replacement must now be found for Pentland's previous job.
The Dodgers also have yet to hire a first-base coach. Former Dodgers second baseman Davey Lopes, who had been the first-base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies for the past four seasons, abruptly left that job earlier this week when he and the Phillies couldn't agree on salary terms for 2011. But while Lopes would seem to be a natural fit -- Lopes lives near San Diego and reportedly has said he will seek a job on the West Coast -- the Dodgers already had a list of candidates they were considering for the role, a source said, so it might be too late in the process for Lopes as far as the Dodgers are concerned.
Hansen, who will turn 42 later this month, was a second-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1986 and played 15 seasons in the majors, 11 of them with the Dodgers. He retired after the 2005 season and spent the past four seasons as a minor league hitting coach for Arizona, the past three of those as the Diamondbacks' minor league hitting coordinator.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have hired former major league outfielder and former Angels minor league coach and manager Eric Owens as their new, roving minor league hitting coordinator. Owens replaces Gene Clines, who is expected to be assigned to a different role within the system. And John Moses, the Dodgers' Triple-A hitting coach for the past three seasons, said at Tuesday's AFL game that he was let go after the season.
"They said it was because [Dodgers prospect] Xavier Paul didn't improve in the outfield,'' said Moses, who also had the responsibility of working with outfielders at the Dodgers' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate. "I was shocked, let's put it that way. A lot of people were. I think the job I did spoke for itself, if you look at the things that happened offensively over the last three years. ... But the way I look at it is, it's their loss.''
Moses, a major league outfielder for 11 seasons with Seattle, Minnesota and Detroit, served as both a major and minor league coach with the Cincinnati Reds and a major league coach with the Mariners before coming to the Dodgers.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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