Former California Angels shortstop Dick Schofield will manage the Dayton Dragons in 2016.
This will be Schofield’s third year as a skipper in the Reds organization, after spending the past two seasons managing Cincinnati’s rookie-level affiliate in the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The team won the Pioneer League championship in 2014.
Schofield previously managed in the Midwest League — the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2002. The Silver Hawks posted a 52-87 record that season.
Schofield played 14 seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the Angels. His minor-league playing career included 92 games with the 1982 Danville Suns. He batted .360 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and 17 SB. The Suns moved from Danville to Peoria after that season.
The new Dragons manager is the son of Dick “Ducky” Schofield, who was a major-league infielder for 19 years, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. Current MLB outfielder Jayson Werth is a nephew of Dick and a grandson of Ducky, making them one of only five three-generation MLB families.
Also moving from Billings to Dayton this year is Derrin Ebert, who will serve as the Dragons’ pitching coach after serving in that same role for the Mustangs the past two seasons. Billings led the Pioneer League in team ERA during both of those seasons. Ebert pitched 11 seasons in the minor leagues and made five major-league appearances for the Atlanta Braves in 1999.
Two other coaches are returning to Dayton in 2016. This year will be Luis Bolivar’s third as Dragons hitting coach, and Corky Miller’s second as a catching coach for the Dragons and other Reds affiliates.
Bolivar played 180 games with the 2003-04 Dragons. He batted .233 with 13 HR, 66 RBI and 37 SB in the Midwest League.
Miller played parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues. His minor-league playing career included 66 games with the 1999 Rockford Reds. He batted .287 with 10 HR and 40 RBI in the Midwest League. The Rockford franchise moved to Dayton after the 1999 season.