The Dodgers continue to add personnel to the front office in an offseason hiring blitz. Today Ned Colletti announced that the Dodgers have hired Pat Corrales, a former Major League player, bench coach, and manager to be the Special Assistant to the General Manager.
Colletti had this to say about Corrales:
“We are very happy to have Pat join us,” Colletti said. “His vast experience, especially from his years in Atlanta and Washington, will be a great strength to our organization. He will assist us in a variety of ways, including evaluating our player development system and helping us at the Major League level. I have known Pat for a long time and some of my early mentors, whom I respect very much, have worked side by side with him.”
Pat Corrales, a catcher, played in the Majors for nine seasons for the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, and Padres in the 1960′s and 70′s. He managed for nine years as well for the Rangers, Phillies, and Indians from 1978-1987. He was one of the first managers of Mexican-American ancestry. Ted Williams, who had Mexican ancestry on his maternal side, was the first. Bobby Cox hired Corrales to be his bench coach in Atlanta in 1990. During his nine-year coaching job with the Braves, they won 14 consecutive National League East titles. He then worked for the Washington Nationals through 2011.
The 71-year old is yet another seasoned MLB veteran who can offer expertise alongside the other new Dodger hires Bob Engle (Vice President of International Scouting) and Gerry Hunsicker (Senor Advisor, Baseball Operations).