Chris Archer Joins Dodgers as Special Assistant

Former MLB Star Archer Reflects on His Challenging Career.

by Nouman Rasool
Chris Archer Joins Dodgers as Special Assistant
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In a significant move for his career, two-time All-Star Chris Archer has transitioned from the pitcher's mound to the administrative side of baseball, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as an assistant in their baseball operations department.

This new chapter was confirmed by Archer in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. Archer's new role with the Dodgers is multifaceted, encompassing player development, scouting, analytics, and even aspects of roster construction and trading.

This broad scope offers him a comprehensive insight into baseball management, a field he is keen to explore. "It's giving me an opportunity to learn and help some younger players, too," Archer expressed in his conversation with the Post-Gazette.

His commitment to learning and guiding emerging talents reflects his dedication to the sport beyond his playing career. This appointment marks a reunion of sorts, as Andrew Friedman, the current president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, was the general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays when Archer made his major league debut in 2012.

This prior connection suggests a mutual respect and understanding that could prove beneficial in Archer's new role.

Archer's Resilient Journey

Archer, 35, faced numerous challenges in his career, notably injuries that included a significant surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, sidelining him for the entire 2020 season.

Reflecting on his career, Archer shared, "I took pride in taking the ball, even when I didn't feel great. Maybe if I would have pumped the brakes here and there... But I emptied the tank. I'm content now." His tenure in Major League Baseball was marked by stints with the Rays (2012-18, 2021), the Pittsburgh Pirates (2018-19), and the Minnesota Twins (2022).

Archer achieved All-Star status in 2015 and 2017, leaving a significant mark in the league. In his 243 game appearances, he recorded a 3.93 ERA, striking 1,454 batters out, and walked 476 in 1,357 innings. Though his time on the field had its highs and lows, Archer's post-season experience, notably in the 2013 American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, where he delivered 1 2/3 shutout innings, remains a highlight of his career.

As Archer steps into this new phase with the Dodgers, his wealth of experience and passion for the game positions him as a valuable asset, not just for the team but for the future talents he will guide and inspire.