McCray hired by Dodgers

McCray hired by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Rodney McCray, best known for his highlight-film crash through an outfield fence while chasing a fly ball as a Minor Leaguer, was hired by the Dodgers as roving baserunning and outfield coach.

McCray, 44, was drafted by the Dodgers but stayed in school and eventually was drafted and signed with San Diego. He appeared briefly in the Major Leagues with the Mets and White Sox.

He gained folk-hero status in 1991 while playing for Triple-A Vancouver when he crashed through the plywood fence at Portland's Civic Stadium. The 15th anniversary of the event was marked in Portland by a Rodney McCray "Bobblefence" Night.

McCray was the outfield and baserunning coordinator for Cincinnati when his new boss and current Dodgers vice president of Minor Leagues DeJon Watson was a scout with the Reds.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.