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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Dino Ebel didn't make it as a player, but has as a coach; Coached in bigs for decade-plus

By the time Dino Ebel made it to high-A Vero Beach, he was no longer a prospect. He'd been sent there, in his third pro season, to help younger players, The Indian River Press Journal wrote.

Ebel still had hopes of making the bigs as a player, but he also began to look ahead, to maybe being a coach, The Press Journal wrote.

"I would love to," Ebel told The Press Journal. "Maybe I can get to the big leagues that way."

Ebel never did make it to the majors as a player. He briefly topped out at AAA. But as a coach, he did make it. He made it as a coach with the Angels in 2006 and he continues in the majors in 2022 with the team that originally signed him, the Dodgers.

Ebel's career in baseball began in 1988, signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent out of San Bernardino Valley College.

Ebel started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League and at single-A Bakersfield. He hit .333 between them in 66 games, mostly in the GCL.

He arrived at Vero Beach for 1989 and returned there in 1990. He hit .246 the first year, then .167 the second. 

He played his final full-time season in 1991 between four clubs, including 20 games at AA San Antonio and two at AAA Albuquerque to end his career.

Ebel then started his coaching career by 1993, at Bakersfield. In mid-1997, he got a chance to manage at San Bernadino.

"I think he'll breathe some new life in here," player Cliff Anderson told The San Bernardino County Sun upon the move. "He's team-oriented, and will bring more life and energy. He'll use the stuff he's learned, and he might bring stuff that he's always thought about using."

Ebel continued to manage in the Dodgers system through 2004. He then signed on to manage with the Angels at AAA Salt Lake.

In 2006, he moved up to Anaheim, making the majors as the Angels third base coach. He stayed on as a major league coach with the Angels through 2018, when he rejoined the team that originally signed him, the Dodgers, as their major league third base coach. He continues in that role in 2022.

"Dino is one of the best, if not the best, third base coaches in the game," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told MLBlogs upon Ebel's return in late 2018. "Working with (Angels manager Mike Scioscia), what he’s done with the infielders — and he's done some outfield with the Angels — baserunning, they've been one of the better baserunning teams in the last decade. His experience, his preparedness and ability to connect with players and teach them."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,860
Made the Majors:1,293-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,567-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:324

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