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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Dodgers retaining coaching staff

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' entire coaching staff is expected to return next season, general manager Ned Colletti said before Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The Dodgers' current staff under first-year manager Don Mattingly includes bench coach Trey Hillman, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first-base coach Davey Lopes, third-base coach Tim Wallach, hitting coach Dave Hansen, bullpen coach Ken Howell and instructor Manny Mota. All but Hansen and Howell are under contract for next season, and Colletti said he was optimistic that agreements with both of them are imminent.

"We're working through that," Colletti said. "Ask me in 24 hours."

Colletti said he doesn't expect to add a secondary hitting coach, a position Hansen held until he replaced Jeff Pentland, who was fired as the Dodgers' primary hitting coach July 20.

Hillman, Lopes, Wallach and Hansen all are new to the Dodgers this season, although Wallach had been the team's Triple-A manager the past two seasons and was the major league hitting coach in 2004-05. Honeycutt and Howell are in their sixth season in their current roles on the big league staff, both having served as Dodgers minor league coaches before that. Mota is a longtime organizational fixture who has coached for 32 years.

Colletti commended the eclectic assemblage for pulling together the way they have this season, something that could have played a part in the Dodgers' second-half resurgence.

"I like our entire staff," Colletti said. "I think they work well together, and I think they give Donnie a lot of support. I think they have learned a lot this season."

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.