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This marks the first season for the former big league outfielder as Dodger hitting coach…Ward spent the last three seasons on the Major League staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks (the last eight seasons overall in the Arizona organization)…he was Arizona's hitting coach from 2014-15 and assistant hitting coach in 2013…during the 2014-15 seasons, the Diamondbacks ranked in the Major Leagues top 10 offensively in batting average (ninth), hits (seventh), total bases (10th) and balls in play (fifth)…he combined to go 216-190 (.532) in four seasons as manager of Rookie GCL Pirates (2006), Short Season-A State College (2007) and Double-A Mobile (2011-12)…his teams won back-to-back Southern League championships in 2011-12 and he was named the 2011 SL Manager of the Year…Ward spent three seasons as Mobile's hitting coach (2008-10)…in 2012, he was a coach for the World Team at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium, and he also managed the South Division in SL All-Star Game.

Ward spent 12 seasons in the Major Leagues (1990-2001) with the Indians (1990-91), Blue Jays (1991-93), Brewers (1994- 96), Pirates (1997-99), Diamondbacks (1999-2000) and Phillies (2001)…in 626 games, he hit .251 with 73 doubles, 11 triples, 39 homers and 219 RBI…he hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in Game 3 of the 1999 NLDS vs. the Mets. .

Turner Max Ward is married to Donna and has three children: Tucker, Olin and Kendall…his son Tucker, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the 40th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by Arizona and plays in the Diamondbacks' organization…Ward attended Faulkner State Junior College and the University of South Alabama, where he was a teammate of former Dodger Luis Gonzalez…Ward was inducted into the Mobile (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and Alabama Junior College Hall of Fame in 1996…he enjoys woodworking and in between his playing and coaching days, he built spec homes in Alabama.

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