Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, back in blue, finds himself in a familiar place

first_imgPreviousThird base coach Dino Ebel, left, with Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, center, and Jose Vizcaino run drills during a spring training workout last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants coach Joe Amalfitano, right, is greeted by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, and third base coach Dino Ebel before Monday’s Cactus League game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)“I know Dave (Roberts), Rick Honeycutt, most of the coaches,” Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel says of returning to the Dodgers after spending 15 years in the Angels organization. “So it was really easy for me to make the adjustment. It wasn’t like I’m leaving back east or going to a team I’m unfamiliar with. It’s been easy for me to make the transition.” (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants coach Joe Amalfitano, right, is greeted by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, center, and third base coach Dino Ebel before Monday’s Cactus League game in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel poses during photo day last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Third base coach Dino Ebel, left, with Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during spring training at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 7Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel signals a base runner during a Cactus League game last month in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — Dino Ebel is already accustomed to his new threads.They’re his old threads, Dodger blues, the ones he wore coming up through the minor leagues from 1988-94. From a distance, however, it’s an odd sight considering Ebel spent the last 15 years in the Angels’ organization.The Dodgers’ new third base coach called it an easy adjustment.“I know some guys over here from playing against each other in interleague,” he said. “I know Dave (Roberts), Rick Honeycutt, most of the coaches. So it was really easy for me to make the adjustment. It wasn’t like I’m leaving back east or going to a team I’m unfamiliar with. It’s been easy for me to make the transition.” Ebel’s nine-year run managing in the Dodgers’ system ended in 2004. That year, he managed a Double-A Jacksonville Suns team that included James Loney, Shane Victorino and Chad Billingsley. Ebel already knew Manager Mike Scioscia and coaches Mickey Hatcher and Ron Roenicke from their days together in the Dodgers’ organization when he took the Angels’ third-base coach’s job in 2005.Other than one year managing the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, Ebel never left.The changes to the Dodgers’ organization in the meantime have been well-documented. The team has cycled through three general managers, five managers and two ownership regimes. The use of analytics and the size of front offices exploded, often with the Dodgers at the vanguard. To some, only the uniforms look the same.Yet the similarities struck Ebel when he returned.“Coming back and seeing Tommy (Lasorda) and Orel (Hershiser),” he said. “When I was a manager here, Dave was a player. I threw to him in batting practice. When I left here, Rick Honeycutt was the pitching coordinator in the minor leagues. Some scouts I’ve seen, some office people. Talking to (Sandy) Koufax and Joe Amalfitano, I saw the other day in a Giants uniform – it’s been great.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies While there is no target date for Kershaw to throw off a mound or face live hitters, Roberts was encouraged enough that he isn’t ruling out Kershaw starting Opening Day.“When he gets on the mound we’ll know more each day,” Roberts said. “Right now he feels good.” …Russell Martin (back) is day to day, Roberts said. He caught Walker Buehler’s bullpen on Wednesday and took swings on his own, but he might not see game action for a week. …Corey Seager was excused from camp due to an illness. He won’t play in a minor league game Thursday, as previously planned.ALSOBuehler is scheduled to pitch to the Dodgers’ minor league hitters over the weekend. The Dodgers are slow-playing Buehler’s schedule in an effort to reduce his workload. … Tony Gonsolin threw to minor league hitters. … The Dodgers and White Sox will play a “B” game at Camelback Ranch on Thursday. … Roberts said the Dodgers will make their first roster cuts within the next week. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start When he isn’t coaching third base, Ebel will be coaching and positioning the Dodgers’ infielders. That’s required a crash course in the Dodgers’ trove of analytical data, a process Ebel became accustomed to in Anaheim under general managers Jerry Dipoto and now Billy Eppler.“We’re not really doing a lot of it on the field now,” Ebel said. “We’re going to start doing it toward the end of spring training. We do have a lot of information here. Advance scouting, analytics – we do a lot of it to put the players in the best position possible on the defensive side.”From his home in the Inland Empire, Ebel said he can expect an extra 15 minutes on the road compared to the drive to Anaheim. He’s already figured out the best route.INJURY UPDATESClayton Kershaw (shoulder) played catch for the second straight day as he continues to make progress in the distance and intensity of his throwing program. Roberts said Kershaw is throwing past 70 feet.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img