Dodgers Have Found Their New Third Base Coach

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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 18: Johnny Giavotella #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by bench coach Dino Ebel #21 as he enters the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 18: Johnny Giavotella #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by bench coach Dino Ebel #21 as he enters the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning during the MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers had a vacancy at third base coach and infield instructor with the departure of Chris Woodward. It appears the Dodgers have filled that vacancy.

The Dodgers have a few coaching vacancies to fill and one of the biggest is their third base coach and infield instructor role that was created when Chris Woodward became the manager of the Texas Rangers.  Woodward has been a pivotal part of the Dodgers’ coaching staff and helped Justin Turner and Corey Seager develop into top-tier defenders at their position.

Woodward had also helped Manny Machado shine defensively during his time with the Dodgers.  The new third base coach is expected to be Dino Ebel who has spent the last fourteen seasons with the Angels and Mike Scioscia.  Ebel had been the Angels bench coach for the last four years and his other years were spent as the third base coach.

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If you were wondering if Ebel has ties to the Dodgers, he spent six seasons in the Dodgers minor league system and another eight years managing various levels in the Dodgers’ minor league system.  Ebel won a California League title with San Bernardino and a division championship with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns.  He also has more managerial experience with the Angels in the Pacific Coast League.

There are a few things that Dino Ebel is known for. If you have watched any Angels games you may have heard a loud whistle as Ebel is known to whistle at his players to get them into the right defensive positioning.  He also likes players to be aggressive on the base paths which is something that could benefit the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are also expected to fill their other various positions this week with the next biggest role being hitting coach.  It’s expected that the Dodgers will promote someone from within the organization to take on the role of hitting coach but we should know for sure in the coming days.

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Ebel will have big shoes to fill with the Dodgers as Chris Woodward was a highly respected coach and a big asset to the Dodgers’ infield defense.  Despite the infamous gaffe in game five of the 2017 World Series where Chris Taylor thought Woodward said not to tag up, Woodward did solid work as the Dodgers’ third base coach and infield instructor.

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