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Trey Hillman is probably going to become the Dodgers bench coach

Oct 21, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

Trey Hillman OK AP

At some point, some intrepid journalist is going to write the definitive story about what, exactly, bench coaches do. Because I really don’t know. I mean, Don Zimmer was the first one I even remember anyone talking about, and the best I could tell was that he was used by the Yankees to remind the Red Sox of their past failures. And to kick a little Pedro Martinez butt when necessary.  But as far as what they do in a game or before a game or whatever? Beats the hell out of me.

I mention this because the Dodgers are apparently going to hire Trey Hillman as their bench coach. Hillman is a nice guy. He was a pretty bad manager in Kansas City, but he was a nice guy. Given Don Mattingly’s seeming shakiness with the nuts and bolts of actually, you know, managing a game, however, you’d think you’d rather have a solid tactician on the bench than a nice guy.

But again, that all assumes that bench coaches do anything. And really, I have no idea what purpose they serve.

  1. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    A bench coach is basically there for the manager to ask, “So what do you think?”, or “Am I crazy or am I seeing (fill in the blank)?”. Kind of a second opinion in waiting.
    BTW, if Trey Hillman is the bench coach, where does that leave Tim Wallach?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:29 AM

      My understanding is that Wallach would be the 3B coach, with Larry Bowa leaving the organization.

      • BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:39 AM

        That makes sense. Bowa is about 137 years old.

  2. stackers1 - Oct 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I think bench coach is just a nice name for what it should be – assistant manager. The manager coaches the players & the bench coach coaches the bench. Makes sense – right?

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