The Great Lakes Loons will have their fifth manager in five seasons when Jeremy Rodriguez takes the reins of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Midwest League affiliate in 2017.
Rodriguez takes over for Gil Velazquez, who led the Loons to the Midwest League championship title this year. The Dodgers did not list Velazquez among the coaching assignments for their seven minor-league affiliates.
Rodriguez played minor-league baseball for five seasons in the San Diego Padres organization. The former catcher played two games with the 2012 Fort Wayne TinCaps, going 0-for-4 with a walk. He managed the Padres’ Dominican Summer League team the past two seasons.
The Loons’ new pitching coach, Connor McGuiness, also is new to the Dodgers organization. He played college baseball at Emory University and served as EU’s pitching coach from 2013 to 2015. He was pitching coach at The Catholic University of America in 2016.
Aaron Bates will return to Great Lakes for his first full season as the team’s hitting coach. He took over the role from former major-leaguer John Valentin in mid-July of the 2016 season.
Also returning is fourth coach Fumimasa Ishibashi, who will be in his 10th overall season with the Dodgers organization.