Davey Lopes

David Earle Lopes (/ˈloʊps/; born May 3, 1945) is an American former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He batted and threw right-handed. He played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros; he managed the Milwaukee Brewers.

Davey Lopes
Davey Lopes in 2017 (33735309423)
Lopes coaching for the Nationals in 2017
Second baseman / Manager
Born: May 3, 1945 (age 74)
East Providence, Rhode Island
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1972, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs155
Runs batted in614
Stolen bases557
Managerial record144–195
Winning %.425
As player
As manager
As coach
Career highlights and awards



Lopes was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 1968 MLB January Draft. Previously, he had played in high school at La Salle Academy and in college for Iowa Wesleyan College and Washburn University. He had previously been drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 8th round of the 1967 MLB Draft but did not sign.

Lopes made his Major League debut for the Dodgers on September 22, 1972, against the San Francisco Giants and was 0 for 5 in that game.[1] He recorded his first hit on a single to right field off of the Giants Jim Barr on September 24, 1972.[2] His first home run was hit on May 13, 1973, also against Barr.[3]

Lopes spent nine seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers as their regular second baseman. Along with Steve Garvey (1B), Bill Russell (SS) and Ron Cey (3B), which stayed together for eight and a half seasons.[4]

Used in the leadoff role most of his career, Lopes was one of the most effective base stealers in baseball's modern era.[5] His 557 career stolen bases rank 26th all-time, but his success rate of 83.01% (557 steals in only 671 attempts) ranks 3rd-best all time among players with 400 or more career stolen bases (behind Tim Raines and Willie Wilson). In 1975, Lopes stole 38 consecutive bases without getting caught, breaking a 53-year-old record set by Max Carey.[6] Lopes' record was later broken by Vince Coleman in 1989. Lopes led the National League with 77 steals in 1975, and again with 63 the following season.

A rare blend of speed and power, Lopes hit a career-high 28 home runs in 1979, becoming one of only seven second basemen in NL history to have hit that many home runs in a season (Rogers Hornsby, Davey Johnson, Jeff Kent, Ryne Sandberg, Juan Samuel and Chase Utley are the others). He also hit 17 twice (1978 and 1983), appeared in four consecutive All-Star games from 1978 to 1981, played in one Division Series, six NLCS and four World Series, including as a member of the 1981 World Champion Dodgers. Arguably Lopes' best World Series was against the Yankees in 1978, when he hit three home runs and seven RBIs.

Before the 1982 season, the Dodgers sent Lopes to the Oakland Athletics (for minor leaguer Lance Hudson) to make room for rookie second baseman Steve Sax. With Oakland, Lopes teamed with Rickey Henderson to steal 158 bases, setting a new American League record for teammates. Henderson collected 130, Lopes 28.

The Athletics traded him to the Chicago Cubs on August 31, 1984 to complete an earlier deal for Chuck Rainey. He was then traded on July 21, 1986 to the Houston Astros for Frank DiPino. He stole 47 bases at the age of forty and 35 at forty-one, before retiring at the end of the 1987 season.

In a 16-season career, Lopes posted a .263 batting average with 155 home runs and 614 runs batted in in 1,812 games played. He played in four All-Star Games and four World Series.[7]


Following his retirement as a player, Lopes coached first base for the Baltimore Orioles from 1992 to 1994 and the San Diego Padres from 1995 to 1999. Lopes was hired as the Milwaukee Brewers manager in 2000 following Bud Selig's recommendation to hire a manager with a minority background.[7]

In 2001 Lopes was the target of controversy following statements he made regarding stolen-base king Rickey Henderson. Managing a game for the Milwaukee Brewers, Lopes was enraged that Henderson had stolen second base in the seventh inning, while Henderson's Padres held a seven-run lead. Lopes said that this violated an unwritten rule against "showing up" the opposing team. Lopes was quoted, "He was going on his ass. We were going to drill him."[8] However, Henderson was removed from the game. Afterwards, Lopes said "Somebody might not be as lenient as I was, and drill the hitter that's next to him [in the lineup]." The day after, the Elias Sports Bureau produced a list of the seven times in Davey Lopes' playing career that he had stolen a base while his team was leading by seven or more runs.[9]

Tired of the Brewers' continued poor performance and Lopes' media and field antics, club management fired him as manager fifteen games into the 2002 season.[10] He was 144-195 in 3 seasons with the Brewers.[11]

Lopes rejoined the Padres as first base coach from 2003 to 2005 and then held the same position with the Washington Nationals in 2006 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2007 to 2010.

In each of his Lopes' three seasons with the Phillies, the team led the majors in stolen base percentage, including the best in MLB history in 2007 – 87.9% (138-for-157). They finished second or third in total steals each of those seasons.[12]

On November 22, 2010 he was named the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position he held through the 2015 season. On November 5, 2015, he was named the first base coach of the Washington Nationals. His contract expired after the 2017 season.[13]

Lopes decided to retire from coaching after the 2017 season.[14]


Playing career

Career hitting[15]
1,812 6,354 1,671 232 50 155 1,023 614 557 833 852 .263 .349 .388 .737

Managerial record

Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Milwaukee Brewers 2000 2002 144 195 .425

Personal life

Lopes was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a routine physical in February 2008.[16]

He is of Cape Verdean descent.


  • 4-time All-Star (1978–1981)
  • First in the All-Star Game vote (1980)
  • NL Gold Glove Award (1978)
  • Twice led NL in stolen bases (1975–76)
  • His career 557 stolen bases ranks him 26th in All-Time list
  • Ranks sixth in All-Time list with an 83.01% stolen base success rate
  • Ranks second in Dodgers history with 413 steals behind Maury Wills (490)
  • In the 1978 World Series against the Yankees, hit two home runs and drove in five runs in Game One, and added another HR in the sixth and final game.
  • Stole five bases in the 1981 NLCS
  • Stole four bases in the 1981 World Series
  • Set a NLCS record (since broken) with eight career stolen bases
  • Tied an NL record (since broken) with five stolen bases in a game (1974)


  • On August 20, 1974, Lopes set a club record (since broken by Shawn Green) with 15 total bases in a Dodgers 18–8 victory against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Lopes hit three home runs, a double and a single, as Los Angeles totaled 48 bases, also a team record.
  • In 1975, Lopes set an MLB record by stealing 38 consecutive bases without getting caught, breaking a 53-year-old mark set by Max Carey. Lopes' record was broken by Vince Coleman in 1989.

See also


  1. ^ "September 22, 1972 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "September 24, 1972 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "May 13, 1973 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (February 7, 2006). "Dodgers infield recalls glory days". MLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (November 23, 2010). "Dodgers hoping new first base coach Davey Lopes can work his magic on Matt Kemp". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Brener, Steve (March 1976). "Dave Lopes, New Champion of Major League Base Stealers". Baseball Digest: 58. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Report: Davey Lopes to be named Brewers manager". ESPN. November 4, 1999. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Rickey's taking extra base draws Lopes' ire". ESPN. Associated Press. July 29, 2001. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Arizona Daily Star, 26 Aug 2001, pg. 47
  10. ^ "Lopes fired, Jerry Royster named interim manager". MLB.com. April 18, 2002. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Davey Lopes". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  12. ^ White, Paul (October 29, 2009). "First-base coach Lopes steals an edge for Phillies". USA Today. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (October 20, 2017). "Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals' Manager In 2018". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Ladson, Bill (January 30, 2018). "Lopes 'taking it easy' after calling it quits". mlb.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Davey Lopes Player Page". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014.
  16. ^ "Phils say Lopes expected to make full recovery from prostate cancer". ESPN. Associated Press. March 3, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2014.

External links

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1973 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1973 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the National League with a record of 95-66.

1974 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West by four games over the Cincinnati Reds, then beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1974 National League Championship Series before losing to the Oakland Athletics in the 1974 World Series.

1974 National League Championship Series

The 1974 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that matched the East Division champion Pittsburgh Pirates against the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won the Series three games to one and lost the 1974 World Series to the Oakland Athletics.

1975 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1975 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in second place, 20 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the Western Division of the National League.

1977 World Series

The 1977 World Series was the 74th edition of Major League Baseball's (MLB) championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL). The Yankees defeated the Dodgers, four games to two, to win the franchise's 21st World Series championship, their first since 1962, and the first under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. The Series was played between October 11 and 18, broadcast on ABC.

During this Series, Reggie Jackson earned his nickname "Mr. October" for his heroics. Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.

1978 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1978 season ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning their second straight National League pennant and losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series again. Dodger coach Jim Gilliam died at the end of the season and his uniform number, 19, was retired by the team prior to Game 1 of the World Series; the team also wore a black memorial patch with Gilliam's number during the World Series. Unlike the previous Dodger team, no member of the team hit 30 home runs after seeing four members hit that mark the previous season (the team leader was Reggie Smith, with 29).

1978 National League Championship Series

The 1978 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup for the second straight year between the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the East Division champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers beat the Phillies three games to one once again and lost the World Series to the New York Yankees, as they had the year before.

1978 World Series

The 1978 World Series matched the defending champions New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the previous year's World Series, with the Yankees winning in six games, just like the previous year, to repeat as champions. As of 2018, it remains the most recent World Series to feature a rematch of the previous season's matchup.1978 was the first of ten consecutive years that saw ten different teams win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers would break the string with a World Series win in 1988 (as they won in the 1981 World Series).

This Series had two memorable confrontations between Dodger rookie pitcher Bob Welch and the Yankees' Reggie Jackson. In Game 2, Welch struck Jackson out in the top of the ninth with two outs and the tying and go-ahead runs on base to end the game. Jackson would avenge the strikeout, when in Game 4 he singled off Welch which moved Roy White to second, from which White would score the game winning run on a Lou Piniella single to tie the series at 2-2. In Game 6, Jackson smashed a two-run homer off Welch in the seventh to increase the Yankees' lead to 7–2 and put a final "exclamation point" on the Yankees' victory to win the series.

1979 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1979 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in third place in the Western Division of the National League. Near the end of the season, owner Walter O'Malley died and the ownership of the team went to his son Peter.

1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1979 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 50th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball.

It was held on Tuesday, July 17, at the Kingdome in Seattle, Washington, the home of the third-year Seattle Mariners of the American League. The National League won 7–6 for their eighth consecutive win.

The game featured memorable defensive play by outfielder Dave Parker, as he had two assists on putouts: one at third base and one at home plate. With Parker receiving the MVP award for this game, and teammate Willie Stargell winning the National League MVP, NLCS MVP, and World Series MVP, all four possible MVP awards for the season were won by members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game was also notable for the play of Lee Mazzilli, providing the margin of victory. In his only All Star appearance, Mazzilli tied the game in the eighth inning with a pinch hit home run off of Jim Kern of the Texas Rangers, and then put the National League ahead for good in the ninth, drawing a bases-loaded walk against Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees.

This was the only time the Kingdome hosted the All-Star Game. When it returned to Seattle for a second time in 2001, the Mariners had moved to their new home at Safeco Field.

1980 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season got off to a strong start when rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a shutout on opening day, starting the craze that came to be known as "Fernandomania." Fernando went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards.

The season was divided into two halves because of a players strike in mid-season. The Dodgers won the Western Division of the National League in the first half and advanced to the playoffs. They beat the Houston Astros in a divisional playoff and the Montreal Expos in the National League Championship Series before beating the New York Yankees to win the World Series.

1981 World Series

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This is the last World Series that a team won after losing the first two games on the road. This also was the last meeting between teams from New York City and Los Angeles for a major professional sports championship until the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers reached the NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, and also the last meeting between the Dodgers and the Yankees in the World Series to date (the two teams have met 11 times in the World Series, making it the most frequent matchup in World Series history).

Doug Rau

Douglas James Rau (born December 15, 1948 in Columbus, Texas), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1972 to 1981. Rau attended Texas A&M University, and was a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers in the secondary phase of the June 1970 amateur draft, and played almost exclusively for the Dodgers in his major league career.Rau broke in with the Dodgers in 1972, earning a 2.20 ERA in 32 2/3 innings and giving up just 18 hits. In 1974, Rau became a starter and they won the NL pennant. His record was 13-11. In 1975, he went 15-9 with a 3.11 ERA. In 1976, he finished with a record of 16-12 and a 2.57 ERA, second in the National League.

In 1977 and 1978, Dodgers won the pennant again and Rau was a mainstay in the starting rotation. In 1977 he went 14-8, with a winning percentage of .636, while in 1978 he went 15-9 with a winning percentage of .625. In the 1977 World Series he did not pitch effectively, but in the 1978 World Series he gave up no runs in 2 innings pitched.

Rau's career was close to an end, though, because of injury problems. In 1979, he pitched in only 11 games, with a record of 1-5, and had rotator cuff surgery. He was not in the majors in 1980, and when he came back in 1981 with the California Angels, he appeared in only 3 games, going 1-2.

Rau was involved in an argument during Game 4 of the 1977 World Series with manager Tommy Lasorda. After Rau gave up 2 doubles, a single and one run to start the 2nd inning, Lasorda went to the mound to remove him from the game; the two men then got into a profanity-filled argument on the mound in which fellow player Davey Lopes had to restrain them. The argument was recorded on Lasorda's microphone.

Frank DiPino

Frank Michael DiPino (born October 22, 1956) is a retired Major League pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals.

On September 7, 1982, DiPino struck out 10 batters in 5 innings for his first Major League victory. On July 21, 1986, the Astros traded DiPino to the Cubs for IF/OF Davey Lopes.

DiPino was the winning pitcher in the Cubs' first night game ever played at Wrigley Field on August 9, 1988.

DiPino has the best batting average against for any pitcher w/ more than 10 plate appearances vs. HOF member Tony Gwynn. Gwynn, a lifetime .338 hitter, was .050 [1 for 20 with 3 walks].

DiPino is currently a pitching instructor for Perfect Practice of Syracuse, NY.

John R. Keennan

John Robert Keennan (May 10, 1940 – March 5, 2015) was an American baseball scout who worked from 1962 through 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.Born in Great Bend, Kansas, Keenan was a longtime Dodgers scout. He was originally hired as a part-time scout in 1962 by scouting director Al Campanis, became a full-time scout the next year, then by 1986 was the Dodgers midwest scouting supervisor and national crosschecker, before retiring in 1998.Keenan was instrumental in the signing of future Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton and infielders Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Mickey Hatcher, all of them members of World Series champion Dodgers teams.In addition, Keenan signed pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, a National League Rookie of the Year winner and later a National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs, as well as outfielder Mitch Webster, among many others. Webster, who as a scout in 2008, represented the Dodgers when Keenan was inducted into the Greater Midwest Professional Baseball Scouts Association Hall of Fame. Previously, Keenan gained induction in the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.Besides, Keenan was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he was an usher for many years, Knights of Columbus Council #862 life member, B. P. O. Elks Lodge #1127, Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame, Greater Midwest Scout Association, Professional Baseball Scouts Association, and Past President of the Cougar Booster Club.Keenan died in 2015 in Riley, Kansas, at the age of 74.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers seasons

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the second most successful franchise in the National League and the third-most successful and second-most wealthy in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees. The franchise was formerly based in Brooklyn and known originally as the "Grays" or "Trolley Dodgers" after the trams which supporters had to avoid to enter games. Later it became known successively as the "Bridegrooms", "Superbas", "Dodgers" and "Robins"; the present "Dodgers" was firmly established in 1932.

The franchise has won the World Series six times and lost a further 13, and like the Yankees and Cardinals have never lost 100 games in a season since World War I, with their worst record since then being in 1992 with 63 wins and their best records ever being in 1953 with 105 wins and both 1942 and 2017 with 104. Their most successful period, between 1947 and 1966 with ten World Series appearances and only two seasons with 71 or more losses (one of them the year they moved to Los Angeles after a dispute over stadium funding), was famous for the Dodgers becoming the first Major League Baseball team to incorporate African American players, led by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

List of Major League Baseball stolen base records

Stolen bases were not officially noted in a baseball game's summary until 1886, and it was not until 1888 that it officially earned a place in the box score. The modern rule for stolen bases was adopted in 1898. While some sources do not include stolen base records before 1898 because they are difficult to compare to the era after 1898, as the sourcing on the below list indicates, Major League Baseball continues to recognize them.

Source: Notes:

Historical totals reported by other sources may vary—for example, Baseball-Reference.com ranks Arlie Latham ahead of Eddie Collins, with totals of 742 and 741, respectively.

As of the 2019 MLB season, only one currently active player, Rajai Davis, has more than 400.

Marc Bombard

Marc Stephen Bombard (born November 15, 1949 in Tampa, Florida) is an American professional baseball manager and coach, and a former pitcher in minor league baseball. A manager in the minors for 28 years, he spent three seasons in the Major Leagues as the third-base coach of the Cincinnati Reds in 1996 and first-base coach of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005–06.

During his active career, Bombard pitched in the Cincinnati organization from 1971 to 1977. A left-hander, he was listed as 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg). At one point, his roommate was Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

In 1978, he became a minor league manager and coach for the Reds. After short careers in the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations (and manager of the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1992), he returned to the Reds as manager of the minor league Indianapolis Indians from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, Bombard served as the Reds' third base coach under skipper Ray Knight. He joined the Phillies' organization the following year and managed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the International League for eight seasons, and was named the league's Manager of the Year for 2002. He became Phillies first base coach in 2005. Bombard was let go by the Phillies following the 2006 season.Bombard was replaced by former Milwaukee Brewers manager and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Davey Lopes.

Bombard was named the manager of the Round Rock Express on December 3, 2008. The Express are the Triple A minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. He managed the Express for the next two seasons. He spent 2016 and 2017 as manager of one of the New York Yankees' Gulf Coast Yankees squads in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Bombard was elected to the International League Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bombard was elected to the Florida State League Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Curt Motton
Baltimore Orioles First Base coach
Succeeded by
Al Bumbry
Preceded by
Dan Radison
San Diego Padres First Base coach
Succeeded by
Alan Trammell
Preceded by
Alan Trammell
San Diego Padres First Base coach
Succeeded by
Tye Waller
Preceded by
Don Buford
Washington Nationals First Base coach
Succeeded by
Jerry Morales
Preceded by
Marc Bombard
Philadelphia Phillies First Base coach
Succeeded by
Sam Perlozzo
Preceded by
Mariano Duncan
Los Angeles Dodgers First Base Coach
Succeeded by
George Lombard
Preceded by
Tony Tarasco
Washington Nationals First Base coach
Succeeded by
Tim Bogar
Milwaukee Brewers managers


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