The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have named Vance Lovelace to the newly created title of Director of Pro Scouting, Special Advisor to the GM. The announcement was made by Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"In my four years with the Dodgers, Vance has proven himself to be a trusted advisor and a keen judge of baseball talent on the Major League level," said Colletti. "I think he will flourish in his new role overseeing all of our professional scouts and I look forward to strengthening our working relationship in 2010 and beyond. His passion for baseball and for the Dodger organization will help many advance to a higher level."
Lovelace, 46, joined the Dodger organization as a professional scout in 2001. On Nov. 7, 2006, he was promoted to Special Assistant to the General Manager, where he dealt mainly with pro scouting and reported directly to the General Manager, advising Colletti on roster moves and player acquisitions.
Lovelace pitched in the Major Leagues for parts of three seasons with the Angels (1988-89) and Mariners (1990), enjoying a 13-year professional career that came to a close in 1995. After his playing career ended, Lovelace became the pitching coach and assistant general manager for the New Jersey Jackals of the Northern League in 1997, a position he held for three seasons.
The Tampa, Florida native was drafted in the first round of the 1981 amateur draft (16th overall) by the Chicago Cubs and was traded to the Dodger organization in 1983.