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Rick Honeycutt enters his 11th season as Dodger pitching coach, the fourth longest tenure of any Major League pitching coach after San Francisco's Dave Righetti (17 seasons), Chicago White Sox's Don Cooper (15) and San Diego's Darren Balsley (14)…since his first season as pitching coach in 2006, Dodger pitchers rank first in the Major Leagues in ERA (3.65), WHIP (1.27), strikeouts (12,605), SO/BB ratio (2.55), fielding-independent pitching (3.69) and all opponents' slash-line numbers (.247/.312/.378/.691)…the Dodgers led the NL in ERA in 2008 (3.68) and 2009 (3.41, first in MLB) and were second in 2012 (3.34) and 2013 (3.25)…spent the 2002-05 seasons as the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator…started in the Dodger organization as a consultant, working with minor leaguers in 2001…also served as pitching coach for MLB's 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.

Pitched 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, including five with the Dodgers (1983-87)…appeared in 797 games, the 48th-highest total in Major League history…his teams reached the postseason seven times, including one World Series winner (1989), and two pennant winners (1988 and 1990) with Oakland… while with Texas, led the American League in ERA in 1983 with a 2.42 mark in 25 starts…earned a spot on the 1980 and 1983 AL All-Star teams…on Aug. 19, 1983 was traded to the Dodgers for Dave Stewart, Ricky Wright, and cash…originally drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1976…was the "player to be named later" in a deal to Seattle on Aug. 22, 1977…made his big league debut two days later, throwing two scoreless innings…made his first Major League start in Yankee Stadium on Aug. 31, 1977, allowing three runs in 7.1 innings in a no-decision…earned his first Major League victory on April 7, 1978, defeating Minnesota, 6-3…pitched for the Dodgers' Division Championship teams in 1983 and 1985…made 268 starts in his career, logging 2,160 innings…finished his career with 109 wins and 38 saves... posted a career-low 2.35 ERA, pitching in a career-high 64 games for Oakland in 1989, when he was 2-2 with 12 saves…was an All-America first baseman/pitcher at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville after winning the Southeastern Conference batting title with a .404 mark.

Frederick Wayne Honeycutt and his wife Debbie have two children, Holli (Griffith) and Ricky, and he is the grandfather of five (Haden, Kaylee, Kendall, Brooks and Lucas)…owns a 100-acre ranch in northern Georgia where he hosts a non-profit organization that specializes in hippotherapy for mentally and physically challenged children…also involved with the Ronald McDonald House and in 2015 hosted the 32nd annual Rick Honeycutt Youth Benefit Golf Tournament…in 2006 he was inducted into the Tennessee State Hall of Fame

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