SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers' front-office realignment was completed Thursday night when the club announced that longtime employee Charlie Blaney has replaced retiring Bill Schweppe as vice president for minor league operations.
Blaney, 49, worked the last 13 years as director of the Dodgers' spring training facility in Vero Beach, Fla. Special assignment scout Guy Wellman, 65, will assist Blaney as a "field coordinator," which club owner Peter O'Malley said is a newly created position.
Schweppe, 71, announced his retirement--effective at season's end--in spring training. O'Malley said he interviewed "many people," including minority candidates, but he said he preferred to hire the most qualified applicant from within the organization. Blaney's replacement as Dodgertown director is Terry Reynolds, the general manager of the club's Class A team in Vero Beach.
The Dodgers' minor league system, once considered the best in baseball, has been widely criticized the last two seasons for not developing major league talent. The club's Triple-A team in Albuquerque, N.M., however, won the Pacific Coast League title this season.