Reed won't return to Dodgers in '09

Reed won't return to Dodgers in '09

LOS ANGELES -- Marty Reed, the Dodgers' Minor League pitching coordinator, will not return to the organization in 2009.

Reed, part of the organization's development staff since 2000 and the pitching coordinator for three years, had been hoping for a promotion to a role on the Major League staff. One spot he might have been in line for, that of Joe Torre's bullpen coach, went to Ken Howell this season.

The 47-year-old Reed has played a significant role in developing current Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

"He was the biggest influence on my getting up here to the big leagues," said Kershaw. "He was kind of my first coach in the organization after I was drafted. He was somebody I could talk to and know he'd always shoot straight with me. Mechanically, personally, he's just a great pitching coach."

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