Dragons Introduce New Manager Dick Schofield
DAYTON -- Dick Schofield, who enjoyed a 14-year Major League playing career, will serve as the Dragons manager in 2016. Schofield, 53, managed the Reds Rookie-level affiliate, the Billings Mustangs, over the last two seasons and enjoyed great success. Schofield led the Mustangs to the Pioneer League championship in 2014 and guided them to the post-season semi-finals in 2015. Schofield will become the eighth manager in Dragons history. He replaces Jose Nieves, who spent three years as the Dragons manager. Nieves will manage the Goodyear Reds of the Arizona League in 2016.
Joining Schofield on the Dragons 2016 coaching staff will be pitching coach Derrin Ebert, hitting coach Luis Bolivar, catching coach Corky Miller, trainer Andrew Cleves, and strength/conditioning coach Josh Petchel.
Schofield was a shortstop in the Major Leagues from 1983-1996, leading his league in fielding percentage four times. His MLB debut came with the California Angels at the age of 20 in 1983 and he remained with the club for 10 seasons. He also played for the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Angels to close out his big league career. He was known as one of baseball's best bunters, finishing in the top 10 in sacrifices seven times.
Schofield finished 22nd in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in 1986 with the Angels as the club advanced to the A.L. Championship Series before losing to Boston in one of the most famous playoff sets of the 1980's. Schofield belted a home run in game three of the 1986 ALCS against Boston's Oil Can Boyd and batted .300 in the series.
Schofield is part of a three-generation Major League family, one of only five known in baseball history. His father, Ducky Schofield, played in the Major Leagues from 1953-1971. His nephew, Jayson Werth, has been an active big league player since 2002 and has spent the last five seasons with the Washington Nationals (Note: The Bell, Boone, Coleman, and Hairston families are the other three-generation MLB families). Schofield was the Angels first round draft pick and the third overall selection in the draft in 1981. He is a native of Springfield, Illinois and now makes his home in St. Louis, Missouri.
In Schofield's first season as a manager in the Reds organization in 2014, he guided Billings to a 41-35 record and the Pioneer League title. He returned to Billings in 2015 and won the North Division Second Half title to again reach the playoffs. Many of the players from the 2015 Billings team are expected to play in Dayton in 2016.