Dodgers Announce 2010 66ers Coaching Staff

December 21, 2009 - California League (CalL1) - Inland Empire 66ers News Release

SAN BERNARDINO - The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the coaching staff for the 2010 Inland Empire 66ers. Jeff Carter will take over as the 20th manager in club history. Pitching coach Charlie Hough and hitting coach Franklin Stubbs will return to the team for their seventh and second seasons, respectively.

Carter will begin his third year in the Dodger organization. He was at the helm of the Dodgers Arizona Rookie League team last season, guiding them to a record of 24-32. He piloted Rookie-advanced Ogden in 2008. Carter replaces Carlos Subero as the skipper of the 66ers. Subero will move up to manage double-A Chattanooga while former Sixer manager John Valentin will serve as his hitting coach.

The 2010 season will be a homecoming of sorts for Carter, who managed the High Desert Mavericks to a playoff appearance in the California League during 2006 when he was in the Kansas City system. Prior to that Carter spent nine seasons as a coach and manager in the Minnesota Twins minor league system. He was named Manager Of The Year in the Appalachian League in 2000 after leading Elizabethton to the league title.

Hough will lend his experience and expertise to what figures to be a talented core of pitchers that will make up the 2010 66ers opening day roster. The former big leaguer will embark on his fourth straight season as the team's pitching coach after serving in the same role for the San Bernardino Stampede from 1996-1997. He began the '98 season as the club's pitching coach but was promoted to the Dodgers in mid season that year after the team fired manager Bill Russell and several of his coaches. Hough also spent two years as the pitching coach for the New York Mets in 2001-2002.

Hough has been instrumental in the development of several current Dodger hurlers, including James McDonald, Ramon Troncoso, Cory Wade, and Brent Leach, all of whom wore a 66er uniform at one time in their careers. Hough used his famous knuckle ball to win 216 games in the major leagues from 1970-1994. He was the starting and winning pitcher in the first-ever game played by the Florida Marlins in 1993.

Stubbs spent 10 years in the majors, first coming up with the Dodgers in 1984. He was part of the last Dodger team to win a world series in 1988. His best year came in 1990 with the Houston Astros, when he slugged 23 home runs and drove in 71 runs. Stubbs spent the first 12 years of his coaching career in the Atlanta Braves organization before joining the Dodgers prior to last season. As the 66ers hitting coach in 2009, he was a key figure in helping outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Scott Van Slyke establish career-highs at the plate.

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