Braves add Dascenzo to minor league staff

The Braves have hired Doug Dascenzo as minor league baserunning and outfielder coordinator, after he was named Texas League manager of the year for the Padres’ Double-A San Antonio affiliate.

Having put more emphasis on speed in recent drafts, the Braves want to make sure they get the most out of those draft picks. An outfielder for parts of seven major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Texas and San Diego, Dascenzo began his career with 241 consecutive errorless games, a National League record at the time.

He stole 30 or more bases in five consecutive seasons as a minor leaguer, and began his coaching career as a baserunning and outfielder coordinator in the Padres system in 1999.

Dascenzo, 46, had a 425-350 record during the past six seasons as a minor league manager, and his Double-A San Antonio Missions finished with a minor league-best 100-47 record in 2011 including postseason.

The Missions won the Texas League title and Dascenzo was manager of the year, two years after winning a Midwest League manager of the year award with Fort Wayne.

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Biff Pocoroba

October 14th, 2011
7:56 pm

Well, if we couldn’t get sixto lezcano. this will be good i guess

Tommy Boggs

October 14th, 2011
8:08 pm

If we couldn’t get Mickey Rivers this is the next best hire.

Pete

October 14th, 2011
8:16 pm

Chipper’s fans and non fans can find a new interview with Chipper on mlb.com. It was published this afternoon.

mike O leary

October 14th, 2011
8:27 pm

DOB, did you know how to spell Dascenzo?

NickB

October 14th, 2011
9:03 pm

Speed is nice and all. But let’s hope the focus is also on getting on base!!!!

Braves 2012

October 14th, 2011
9:41 pm

Thats a good start..now hire Walker.

hind tit

October 14th, 2011
10:00 pm

You think he could teach them how to steal first base.

sam

October 14th, 2011
10:04 pm

after watching the coaching staff of the playoff teams (pitching &hitting coaches) the braves coaches was more spectators than coaches of their positions.

Bojack

October 14th, 2011
10:17 pm

Bojack

October 14th, 2011
10:44 pm

Matt Kemp was named Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America. Matt Kemp had the highest OPS among Center fields in past 30 seasons.
SS free agents:
Yuniesky Betancourt-Mil
Ronny Cedeno-Pits
Adam Everett-Clev
Rafael Furcal-Stl
Alex Gonzalez-Atl
Cedar Isturis-Bal
John McDonald-Tor
Augie Ojeda-Ari
Jose reyes-Mets
Nick Punto-Stl
Edgar Renteria-Cin
Jim Rollins-Phil
Ramon Santiago-Det
Marco Scutaro-Bos
Jack Wilson-Atl

Take your pick..are make the trade.

Bojack

October 14th, 2011
11:43 pm

wins-by-a-link

October 14th, 2011
11:44 pm

Sounds like FG’s replacement is in the house.

Del

October 15th, 2011
7:40 am

Now, how about hiring a roving BUNTING instructor. Our need is just as huge for one of these. He could also service the big club as well. To me, the two skills go together like hands and gloves to make up a complete ball player. How about it Mr W?

southgabrave

October 15th, 2011
8:07 am

Any chance the Braves could pull off a trade for Michael Young this winter. He could play SS until 2013, when Patornicky is ready. Then he could move to 3rd for Chipper. The Rangers are going to lose CJ and will need some pitching. Maybe Lowe (for a salary swap)and JJ for a Michael Young. The Rangers haven’t had a position for Young for a while now. He was the SS, then 2B then 3B and some 1st now too.

Bob the Blogger

October 15th, 2011
9:18 am

Since Dascenzo began his coaching career as a baserunning and outfielder coordinator and became a successful minor league manager, this initially sounds like a step back for him. Wren must have him targeted for bigger things down the road.

southgabrave

October 15th, 2011
9:26 am

Dascenzo sounds like the next manager in waiting. He over sees the type of game the Braves are trying to transition to, speed and defense. He would be a much better base coach than what we currently have and that would give him the major league experience to move to the next step, manager!! If Fredi faulters next year look out. Maury Willis was a 1st base coach because of his ability to help base runners and situational hitting, including bunting.

huddie ledbetter

October 15th, 2011
10:00 am

@southgabrave not sure what your point re: Wills. You aren’t suggesting this would be a good move based on that are you, because some think Wills may have been the worst manager of all time?

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 15th, 2011
10:05 am

I hear what they are saying about moving to more speed and aggressiveness, but their actions speak louder than their words. Chaining Constanza to the bench for the last 20 games makes me think, someone doesn’t buy their speed/aggression plans. Maybe we need some more executive changes in order to implement the plan as drawn up.

jester

October 15th, 2011
10:22 am

Fast Freddy to management at Double A Ms, Lowe to hart of Africa playing stickball with the munkeys, Chipper to texas hunting and fishing all day, Sign Bourn longterm, this would be a goodstart!!

Hit A Single

October 15th, 2011
10:23 am

We need to rebuild the farm system. If the Cards and Rangers make the World Series, both starting shortstops are former Braves. John S. put emphasis on the farm system when he got to Atlanta and we have gotten away from that. We probably have put too much emphasis on pitching. Just my thought.

Ozzie

October 15th, 2011
11:15 am

Agree with that last post re: minors.

I also believe they need to draft more pure hitters (big time RBI guys in the making) going forward. If Heyward turns out to be a bust FF is the only meaningful bat (with RBI potential) the farm system has created in years.

Mac is good defensively but he is not nor ever will be a 110+ RBI guy especially being a catcher who needs time off.

Uggla even with his crappy season (over all) lead the team with runs and rbis. He had to hit for 31-32 games in a row to pull that off.

I think this all may be moot b/c Liberty is going to sell this team some time in 2012 and the whole FO is going to get the boot unless another corporation picks them up. Even then some FO guys will go.

I cannot see a Mark Cuban type billionaire looking at this team and saying they are a speedy SS away from being the next Yankees dynasty.

The whole org needs a reboot. Coaching, strategy, team design, minor leagues, hitting philosophy, etc all need a rebuild.

Entrenched mgt won’t do that.

Fall of George

October 15th, 2011
11:24 am

This is the BIG move the Braves need……yeah that’s the ticket!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Fall of George

October 15th, 2011
11:28 am

@hit a single……that same farm system you want to rebuild produced those two shortstops that were then traded away or went in free agency (not sure)…..The Braves farm does very well. Your logic doesn’t.

southgabrave

October 15th, 2011
11:32 am

@huddie

No my point was that as a 1st base coach he helped a lot of players improve their baserunning skills. You are right as a manager he was probably one of the worse.
The thing is, if you are going to create a team with speed, 1) you need someone to teach base running skills and 2) you need someone that believes in it. Base running isn’t always about stolen bases. Sometimes it is taking the extra base. Knowing how to run the bases, cut the corners on the bag and how to properly slide, to aviod the tags. Fredi is a station to station, 3-run homer type guy. The Braves were not a hit-run and not a good bunting team under Fredi. If your manager doesn’t possess the running style mentality your team surely won’t.

Fall of George

October 15th, 2011
11:35 am

And pitching wasn’t a priority with schuerholtz as gm? They can stick with pitching priorities as we’re gonna need it next year for sure, the way this staff has aged and fell apart with injuries.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t build consistent hitters and fielders around that. And they have to become smarter in the free agency and trade game.

Bojack

October 15th, 2011
11:45 am

agree dawgdad…

Fall of George

October 15th, 2011
12:09 pm

Like dawgdads thinking….Can’t wait for the Spring of George!!!! chains are coming loose…..I’m gonna be getting around those bases quicker than a mexican crossing the border.

Bill

October 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

Just read this by Daryl Van Schouwen..Suntimes

Paul Kenerko credits Greg Walker with rebuilding his swing and said that Walker will always “be my guy”
“Its tough to say in one interview what he’s meant,” Konerko said. “I trust him with every inch of my swing.”
‘He doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “I’ve known him for seven years. He’s taught me more than I ever knew about hitting. I think because certain guys haven’t done what people expected out of them he’s got a bum rap, and he deserves to be credited with a lot of really good people and lot of success. And it’s a shame. I hope people remember what he did and what he taught people, and whoever is the next hitting guy here is going to have big shoes to fill because Greg Walker did alot of really good things here and he deserves a ton of credit. And hopefully now that he decided to step away he’ll get that.”

Walker said. “I’ve spent a lot of my life learning this craft,
which is very tough to do. so we’ll see.”

Hope the Braves hire the man…

dap01

October 15th, 2011
12:42 pm

There is not enough credit (blame) for what John Schurholtz did to the Braves organization with the Texeria trade. It was stupid considering Boras, the agent and Texeria’s history of being a baseball prostitute.

Who evaluated Andrus vs Escobar and concluded that we should keep the head case. What about Harrison and Nefi

dap01

October 15th, 2011
12:46 pm

The Braves could use a top hitter like Michael Young. Forget salaries, get some players. I am tired of getting platoon players and crossing our fingers. We have had the worst OF for many years now.

Bigwheel

October 15th, 2011
1:05 pm

Dap01- i know its upsetting we probably would have gone all the way by not making thay trade. but it happened. Move on..

Playoffs!!!

October 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

Fredi better pilot the Braves to a playoff trip and victory next year or I could see Mr. Doug Dascenzo being the next manager here.
However, if Liberty Media sells the Braves this coming year, (and signs point to that), then the new owner(s) might do a complete housecleaning anyway.

Playoffs!!!

October 15th, 2011
1:17 pm

Last year, at this time, Frank Wren was given a two-year contract (not exactly a ringing endorsement). So If the new owners take over, they won’t be burdened by a long-term contract and can put in their own people.

BravesFanSince80's

October 15th, 2011
1:26 pm

I’m starting to wonder about the Frank Wren/Fredi Gonzalez situation et al. Fredi announces all his coaches will return then Frank fires Parrish immediately after, now after a year where we were consistently one of the worst teams in baseball at moving baserunners, Frank hires a coach/manager who has excellent success at that? Hmmm…Fredi if I were you, I’d be sweating right now…

TeheranTime

October 15th, 2011
1:35 pm

I would love to see Mark Cuban be an MLB owner. How about the Braves?

Hit A Single

October 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

Fall of George – You are the one that needs to adjust your logic. I know one was traded and one was signed as a free agent, but my point was that we had one to trade. Our farm system had no position player that anybody would have wanted in a trade. Look at our records of our farm system and look at the records of the team when John S. put emphasis on it. They don’t even compare. Rome couldn’t score, Mississippi had no one and AA is where you dip down usually to get help. Remember McCann! Gwinnett was nothing but retreads. If anybody wanted a farm player it was a pitcher, Tehran and Minor. Our farm system needs rebuilding so we can have players to help us or that we can use in a trade. We made some bad deals that have come back to haunt us but at least we had players people wanted.

kudzu

October 15th, 2011
3:01 pm

A big part of me would rather the Rangers fold up their tent and go home…too many constant reminders of ex Braves playing yet again in another World Series…Crap…

athdog

October 15th, 2011
5:01 pm

I agree with one of the earlier posters, the way Constanza was handled after his injury healed made me wonder if the whole ’speed’ thing was not a pipe dream. Seems they still put a premium on hr’s
not manufacturing runs

athdog

October 15th, 2011
5:03 pm

So, exactly what ’signs’ point to Liberty selling the Braves? I’m for it, but in this economy they would not get as much as after Obama gets out of office and someone with a clue turns things around.
I’m all for it, but someone with a passion to win, and DEEP pockets.

athdog

October 15th, 2011
5:08 pm

Hire Walker to coach hitting, tell Chip that he’s going to platoon with Martin, with the emphasis going to Martin (you really think Chip is going to improve next year, when he’s 40?) and get a true left fielder that can drive in runs. Even with Wrens’ comments last week, my money is on Heyward in right field
whether he rebounds or not. He’s the new ‘fair haired child’ and will have many more chances than Frenchy ever got, which was too many, to show he can’t do it. Keep Bourne, a fantastic fielder and hitter, and first thing you know we’ve got our leadoff guy in center, a run producer in left and a number 8 hitter in right.

Felix

October 15th, 2011
6:12 pm

Firings should be going at the higher levels in the Braves organization but what do the Braves do? Let the idiots in charge of the epic collapse of 2011 hire new people. Doesn’t make sense.

Hey Braves leadership I got news for you! The Braves, along with the Red Sox, are the laughing stock of the fans and MLB. C’mon, fire somebody more responsible for that disaster than a lowly hitting coach.

Felix

October 15th, 2011
6:19 pm

Wren to locker room manager (at Gwinnett).
Frodo to Mississippi.
Lowe–to the bullpen or gone.
Linebrinker-gone.
Prado–back to utility player.
Get some hitters.

joe

October 15th, 2011
6:41 pm

Walker sounds like the right man for Braves..get it done.

Salty Dawg

October 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

Caught a few games down in Orlando at instructs. Lots of good young talent down there. I think the farm system is in good shape.

curt

October 15th, 2011
9:37 pm

Wasn’t this the guy from Caddyshack that was the rival of Danny Newnon?

Becks

October 15th, 2011
10:53 pm

Drury was moved to 1B all instructs due to lack of range. Kabitza and Salcedo platooned at 3B.

gcs

October 15th, 2011
11:13 pm

From manager of the year to minor league baserunning coach? Isn’t that a step backwards?

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Who Me?

October 15th, 2011
11:18 pm

@Bob the Blogger – you hit the nail on the head. With that kind of managerial success in the minors, why take a step back to the job you started with??? Two things:
> He screwed up somewhere in the Padres organization and needed an out, or
> The Braves have him targeted for something else entirely.

This was NOT a plain and simple hire, there’s more to this story. We may have to wait a while to get it, but this was a strategic hire for our organization to allow us to make another move somewhere down the road this fall or spring….remember Dascenzo’s name, it isn’t the last time we’ll get to hear it this hot stove season…

Congrats

October 15th, 2011
11:21 pm

to all the players traded for Mark Teixera on their back to back World Series appearances.

veer

October 16th, 2011
3:28 am

We need to focus on the concept of Beane and Moneyball.
OBP is key. Just get on base. You guys should see Moneyball. DOB i am sure you seen the movie. You should suggest this to Wren to use this concept

poolcue

October 16th, 2011
6:30 am

Good hire! Now hire Walker! Dascenzo will be the manager by the allstar game. The only problem with this WHY LET FREDIOT SCREW UP THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON? I would chip in if the bucks he has coming is the problem.

billmaier

October 16th, 2011
11:12 am

maybe this guy can be groomed for the manager after fredi messes up again in 2012? this guy show some fire?

Smoltz' Buddy?

October 16th, 2011
12:23 pm

Didn’t Smoltz and Dascenzo brawl at least once, or am I thinking of someone else? If I remember correctly, Dascenzo owned Smoltz at the plate, and Smoltz beaned him a couple of times.

vermont 39

October 16th, 2011
3:24 pm

Good to see some BRAVES in the World Series…unfortunately not the Atlanta ones…

Bill

October 16th, 2011
4:50 pm

Dascenzo was..
Manager of Year
2006 Eugene (Nor)
2009 Fort Wayne (Mid)
2011 San Antonio (Tex)..100-47 record…Holy Cow!
Who-me..He didn’t screw up the Padras did letting him leave. Braves won that one. Great job Wren!
Now hire Greg Walker………..

wjones

October 16th, 2011
4:55 pm

Yeah, I agree there is something more to this story than meets the eye. Dascenzo might be a great third base coach for the big club at some point–we sure have had a great tendency to hold up runners at third ever since Snitker has been over there. It seems like runners almost have to ignore him to be allowed to score. And maybe he IS a manager-in-waiting. It will be interesting to see how things develop.

wjones

October 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

Ex-Braves on the 3 remaining teams:

Rangers———Andrus, Harrison, Feliz, Mike Gonzalez

Brewers———Mark Kotsay, Saito

Cardinals——-Furcal, Wainwright (injured)

Am I missing anyone?

mike mangan

October 16th, 2011
6:11 pm

Let,s see stiff for stiff since we are stuck with Lowe,s contaract..On the also disgruntled list are John Lackey in Boston,AJ Burnette with the Yankees Carlos Zambrano with the Cubs and probably one or two other bad signs on other rosters.Drop all the names in a hat.Who would you really want..Answer none of the above/
What I really would want though is not Greg Walker but either Gerald Perry or Julio Franco as our hitting coach for 2012 and they are both available…

mike mangan

October 16th, 2011
6:15 pm

W Jones here is one you missed.We once had Tony Larussa in the organization and on the big league Atlanta roster.I personally would trade Wren,Fredi G,and the entire coaching staff for Larussa and you know he would bring Dave Duncan with him..Aaaah wishful thinking!!!

Bill

October 16th, 2011
7:11 pm

One question Mike. What experience does either Perry are Julio have as hitting coach. Just because you played don’t make you a hitting coach. Ask Parrish!
Greg Has 9 years exper.
@6:15 something to thing about.

bravo_fan fifty-three

October 16th, 2011
9:37 pm

snitgerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

gp3

October 18th, 2011
8:25 am

My idea is to trade for good offensive minor leaguers and DO NOT SIGN castoffs like Diaz, Helms, Lugo (hahaha…joke) and the like. Seems like the established veterans aren’t playing with their heart and soul since their already signed for millions. What kind of incentive is there?…NONE…
Give Chipper his walking papers, give Lowe to somebody else and DO NOT RE-SIGN Gonzalez.
Sign Bourne, sign Constanza and PLAY HIM, bring up Pasternicky to play SS

JackDennis

October 18th, 2011
8:42 am

Proving conclusively that baseball has the dumbest fans in all of sports.

gp3

October 18th, 2011
10:28 am

Hey JACKDENNIS…why are you on here anyway…… you a dumbass too?…hahahaha

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