Pat Corrales, a former Nationals bench coach who recently served as a front office special adviser, was hired by the Dodgers to serve as a special assistant to General Manager Ned Colletti, the Dodgers announced on Monday.
Corrales, 71, who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Northern California, will be reunited with Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten, a former Nationals president who worked with Corrales in Washington and with the Atlanta Braves. Corrales spent nine years as a bench coach for the Atlanta Braves, working with Kasten, then team president.
Corrales cited his close relationship with Kasten as a reason for the change. He said Kasten asked the Nationals’ permission to speak with Corrales. The Nationals granted permission, and General Manager Mike Rizzo asked Corrales to run the deal by him before he formally accepted it, Corrales said.
“I’m leaving a good organization,” Corrales said. “It’s time I moved on. I worked with some good people – Rizzo, [director of player development] Doug Harris, the Lerners. It’s a great organization. … It was tough decision, but I made it.”
Corrales, a former major league catcher and manager, served as the Nationals bench coach during the 2007 and 2008 seasons and also the second half of 2009. He managed three teams over a total of 10 years, most notably the Cleveland Indians, and his last season as a big league manager came in 1987. In 1978 with the Texas Rangers, he became the first major league manager of Mexican-American descent. From 1990 to 1998, he served as Atlanta’s bench coach during the heart of their reign atop the National League East.
Davey Johnson became close with Corrales, who was then a front office assistant, during their similar advisory roles in the Nationals’ system and tapped him to be his bench coach when Johnson took over managing duties midway through the 2011. Corrales returned to special adviser role to Rizzo for the 2012 season, and his primary responsibilities included evaluating the Nationals’ minor league system.
Corrales expects his role with the Dodgers will be similar to the role he held with the Nationals this past season, with more major league assignments mixed in with minor league evaluation.