Honestly the biggest news here is that Dodgers Digest is indeed still alive, but with negotiations between the MLB and MLBPA moving at a crawl there’s just been nothing much going on.
Thankfully, the Dodgers gave us something to write about as they announced promotions within the organization, including Brandon Gomes as the new General Manager to take Farhan Zaidi‘s place after he departed in 2018.
If that seems like a fast ascent it’s because it is, Gomes only retired as a player in 2016 and has quickly made his mark in the organization. Andrew Friedman has been impressed, to say the least.
Friedman highlighted Gomes’ recent playing experience, background working in the Dodgers’ farm system, and natural leadership abilities as some of his biggest strengths as a front office executive. “He’s had such an incredible impact on everything he’s touched,” Friedman said. “He’s moved pretty quickly, but you could argue that he could’ve moved even quicker.”
It’s hard to argue on stuff like this unless you’re privy to inside information, but from everything public we’ve seen/heard about Gomes, it seems like a logical hire. Also, other than the Mets being the Mets, this could explain why he snubbed their offer to take over there.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers additionally announced the hiring Damon Jones and the promotions of Alex Slater, Brandon McDaniel, and Thomas Albert.
Damon Jones has been hired as vice president, assistant general manager and baseball legal counsel. He had been the Washington Football Team’s general counsel and has previous MLB experience with the Washington Nationals. Alex Slater has been promoted to vice president and assistant general manager. Slater has been with the Dodgers since 2014 and was previously serving as director of baseball operations. Brandon McDaniel has been promoted to vice president of player performance. A member of the Dodgers’ strength and conditioning staff since 2013, he was previously their director of player performance. Thomas Albert is the new head athletic trainer, a role previously held by Neil Rampe. Albert had spent the last five years as the team’s assistant athletic trainer.
Additionally, Rob Hill was promoted as well, which was confirmed by … him.
Sounds good to me.
Well, alrighty! See you guys in 2023!