Lost in the continuing soap opera of the Astros cheating scandal, the Dodgers announced Friday they were hiring retired longtime MLB pitcher — and former Dodger — Jamey Wright as a special assistant.
The Dodgers have hired longtime Major League pitcher Jamey Wright as a special assistant who will work with pitching prospects. Wright had been serving as a player agent since retiring.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 14, 2020
Since retiring just before the 2016 season, Jamey Wright had been serving as a player agent.
He’s Got The Wright Stuff
Jamey Wright is a perfect example to use when somebody says, “didn’t he used to play for…” because in all likelihood, he did. Jamey had an extensive 19 year career in the majors, playing for 10 different teams.
In 2012 and 2013, he played for the Dodgers. In 2016 he actually tried making a comeback after being out of the game for over a year. The Dodgers gave him a minor league contract, but after being unable to make the Dodgers opening day roster, he retired.
In his 19 year career, he went 97-130 with a career ERA of 4.81. Six of his 19 seasons were spent with the Colorado Rockies. His numbers may not impress you, but any pitcher who can make a career for 19 years who started pitching on the moon, I mean Denver, has a winning pedigree.
Teaching Them Wright
As per Ken Gurnick’s tweet, Jamey Wright’s role with the Dodgers is going to be helping pitching prospects. His exact role isn’t described yet, but this is a great hire. 19 years of big league experience as a pitcher will help guide the young arms the Dodgers draft in all manners of baseball activities, even personal development. Playing major league baseball is difficult on the body and the mind. Having an experienced guy like Jamey Wright helping mold these young guys will be invaluable.