Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but today the former big-league first baseman quit the job.
Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season.
Arizona senior vice president of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto announced the switch and gave no details on Brogna’s change of heart, other than to say: “We all respect Rico’s decision to resign as director of player development and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Kevin Towers was hired as the Diamondbacks’ new general manager last month and beat out Dipoto, who had served as interim GM.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.
Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.
He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.
Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.
“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”