Thursday, January 24, 2008
Updated: January 25, 8:47 AM ET
Dodgers hire Jose Vizcaino as special assistant
This story has been corrected. Read below
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hired longtime major league
infielder Jose Vizcaino as a special assistant Thursday.
"Jose brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him that
will be a great asset to the Dodgers," Los Angeles general manager
Ned Colletti said in a statement.
The 39-year-old Vizcaino will work on special projects in
baseball operations and serve as an on-field instructor during
spring training. He will also instruct at the Dodgers' academy in
the Dominican Republic, Campo Las Palmas.
Vizcaino, a native of the Dominican Republic, came up through
the Dodgers' farm system, playing at Campo Las Palmas in the 1980s
after being signed out of his hometown in San Cristobal.
In addition to playing with the Dodgers, Vizcaino was a member
of the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, New York
Yankees, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals before retiring in
A switch-hitter, Vizcaino batted .270 with 36 home runs, 480
RBIs and 74 stolen bases during his 18-year career. He played
primarily as a shortstop, but appeared at all four infield
positions and left field.
"I'm very happy to be back with the organization that I grew up
with," Vizcaino said. "I hope to help the team win in any way
that I can and I'm looking forward to the 2008 season."
In a Jan. 24 story about Jose Vizcaino's hiring by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the headline referred imprecisely to the role assigned to the longtime major league infielder. He was not appointed director of Los Angeles' Dominican Republic academy; he will work on special projects and be a spring training instructor for the Dodgers.