Dodgers' coaching staff uncertain for 2011

Dodgers' coaching staff uncertain for 2011

LOS ANGELES -- Club officials said it will be awhile before incoming manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff is announced, but Bob Schaefer said Sunday he won't be on it.

"I told Donnie he needs to pick somebody who can be here for three or four years because he needs continuity, and that's not me," said the 66-year-old Schaefer, hired by Joe Torre three years ago on the recommendation of Mattingly, who played for Schaefer in the Minor Leagues.

"I have no regrets. We got to the playoffs two of three years. Working with Joe these three years has been the highlight of my career. I'm not saying I'd never [be back], but [bench coach] is a big role. I wanted Donnie to have the opportunity of picking somebody without our friendship influencing it. Over the last three years, I've enjoyed helping Joe and training Donnie. It was good."

First-base coach Mariano Duncan said he spoke with general manager Ned Colletti Sunday and was told "there might be a job for me if I don't get one somewhere else," Duncan said. "I don't know where that leaves me."

Third-base coach Larry Bowa said he hasn't been told anything about his situation. Bowa, as a former Major League manager, is considered a candidate to be Mattingly's bench coach. Apparently, however, so are other former (and possibly current) managers that would be candidates for vacant managing jobs this winter. Because of that, the naming of a staff might take some time.

"We're not going to do it piecemeal," said Colletti, who would not comment on individual coaches.

Tim Wallach, who managed Triple-A Albuquerque and is considered a Major League managerial prospect, is expected to be on Mattingly's coaching staff if he doesn't get a job elsewhere. The most logical role for him would be third-base coach, assuming Bowa does not remain in that spot.

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt missed the final three games of the season to attend to a family issue. But contacted Sunday, he said he has talked to Mattingly about next year, expects to talk to Colletti in a few days and is optimistic about his chances of returning.

Jeff Pentland has been assisting Mattingly as hitting coach and might continue in that role, along with Manny Mota. Bullpen coach Ken Howell is expected to return and he said he's scheduled to head to Arizona for the instructional league in the next few weeks.