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MLB: Dodgers hire former Canyon coach Crim

Posted: November 13, 2012 8:38 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 8:38 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Chuck Crim in the bullpen at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sept. 30. Crim was named bullpen coach Tuesday.

 

In a sense, former Canyon High baseball coach Chuck Crim feels like he did 25 years ago.

It was announced Tuesday that the former Major League pitcher and Cowboys varsity head coach was named the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen coach.

Crim, who led the Canyon program in 2004 and 2005, called it a dream come true.

The Van Nuys native said he has been a lifelong Dodger fan and equated getting the bullpen coaching job to getting called up to the Major Leagues for the first time in 1987.

“It works all the way back to being a child, then going through the (Dodger) system, the hard work. This is the best job in the world. You definitely sacrifice for it,” Crim said. “But this is by far a dream come true. (It’s like) making it to the big leagues like I did when I was a player.”

Crim was one of three new names added to manager Don Mattingly’s staff for the 2013 season.

It was announced last week that the Dodgers hired Mark McGwire as hitting coach and on Tuesday former Major League infielder John Valentin was named assistant hitting coach.

Crim steps into the position that was occupied by Ken Howell for the last five seasons.

Howell is now the assistant pitching coach.

Crim was an eight-year Major Leaguer between 1987 and 1994, and for a period of time he was one of the game’s premier set-up men.

The 51-year-old was an amateur scout for the Dodgers in 2007 and 2008 and has served as a pitching coach in the Dodger minor league system since 2009.

The former Santa Clarita Valley resident has helped out the Major League club each of the last two Septembers.

“The next thing is to help the Dodgers win a world championship,” Crim said.

The Dodgers had an ever-evolving bullpen last season, mostly due to a rash of injuries and late-season trades.

The team re-signed late-season addition Brandon League to be its closer and have one of the game’s premier strikeout relievers in Kenley Jansen.

But Jansen had offseason heart surgery and the Dodgers have two other relievers in Javy Guerra and Matt Guerrier who battled injuries in 2012.

Crim is optimistic, though.

“It’s going to be exciting to be a fan,” Crim said. “A lot of great things are happening.”

 

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