Pedro Guerrero hired to manage in Vallejo

Longtime Dodger Thoughts hero Pedro Guerrero has taken a job managing the independent league Vallejo Admirals, reports Matt O’Donnell of the Vallejo Times-Herald (via Baseball Think Factory).

Two years ago, Mike Marshall worked in the Arizona Winter League in Yuma, Ariz., a destination designed for players looking to make some offseason noise.

The league brought along Pedro Guerrero, who was looking to get back into baseball as a manager or coach.

For a portion of seven seasons, Guerrero and Marshall were teammates on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two provided a formidable middle of the order but the two hadn’t kept in contact much after that time. Marshall would often ask ex-teammate Mariano Duncan, “How is Pete?”

“To be honest, I didn’t expect much … or didn’t know what to expect,” Marshall said about the Arizona experience. “But I was very impressed with the way he handled the young players and how he’d throw batting practice every day.”

When Marshall became commissioner of the Pacific Association this season, he handed Vallejo Admirals president and general manager Joe Fontana a list of names. Guerrero was one of those.

Guerrero, 56, was introduced as field manager of the Vallejo independent baseball team on Wednesday morning at the Admirals’ office on Amador Street in Vallejo. He arrived in town on Sunday.

“When Joe called, I was excited; I am still excited,” said Guerrero, who spent 15 seasons in the big leagues with the Dodgers and Cardinals. “It’s an opportunity for me. I hope I can do a good job and make people happy around here.” …

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  • http://twitter.com/Derek_TC Derek TC

    Vallejo Admirals isnt it?

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Grr – thanks.

  • http://robynweisman.com/ Robyn Weisman

    Love Pedro Guerrero!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rj4286 Randy White

    John, there is no Visalia Admirals. We have the Visalia Rawhide here which is a class A ball team. Although the owner of the team is an O’Malley…http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t516&ymd=20081103&content_id=477003&vkey=team4

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      It’s a mistake – just fixed.

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Having been to Vallejo, I can say that nothing sounds sadder than “Vallejo team in the independent baseball league” but I wish Pedro the best of luck.

    • http://web.me.com/kakitadoug/geekblog/Blog/Blog.html DougS

      The City of Vallejo declared bankruptcy a couple of years ago, didn’t it?

      But yeah, best of luck to Pedro.

  • Anonymous

    It’s only half an hour from Oakland. Actually, I’d like to see Pedro take some hacks.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Anonymous

    Always one of my favorite Dodgers. A prodigious hitter, not so good defensively. When they tried him at third, he told a reporter who asked him what went through his mind in the field, “Please don’t hit the ball to me.” When the reporter asked him what else he thought about, he said, “Please don’t hit the ball to Sax.”

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully for Vallejo, the team doesn’t get a post-game spread.