Ned Colletti shifts front-office duties of two assistants
A tweak here, a tweak there, and presto! -– the annual makeover of the Dodgers front office.
This one hardly qualifies as some major shakeup, but it has apparently left two special assistants to General Manager Ned Colletti, Vance Lovelace and Rick Ragazzo, with greater authority within the organization.
When assistant GM Kim Ng left the Dodgers to join Joe Torre in the commissioner’s office at the start of last season, it hardly left Colletti with much time to do any serious restructuring of the front office.
But on Saturday, Colletti told Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com he was promotingLovelace to director of professional personnel and Ragazzo to director of pro scouting.
Previously this off-season, Colletti hired attorney Alex Tamin as an assistant for player analysis and arbitration preparation.
Lovelace previously was director of pro scouting and joined the Dodgers front office in 2001 as a scout. Ragazzo is entering his fifth season with the Dodgers.
Of course, at a higher level, the Dodgers still don’t have a team president since firing Dennis Mannion 14 months ago.
-- Steve Dilbeck