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David Earle Lopes ( ; born May 3, 1945 in East Providence, Rhode Islandmarker) is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. He batted and threw right-handed. He is currently the first base coach and an outfield/baserunning instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is of Cape Verdean descent.

Career

Playing

In a 16-season career, Lopes posted a .263 batting average with 155 home runs and 614 RBI in 1812 games.

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), they formed the longest running infield in baseball history, which stayed together for eight and a half seasons.

Used in the leadoff role most of his career, Lopes has been one of the most effective base stealers in baseball's modern era, retiring with 557 stolen bases (83.01%). In 1975, he established what was then a MLB record by stealing 38 consecutive bases without getting caught, leading the National League with 77 steals 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 1978-81, played in one Division Series, six NLCS and four World Series, including as a member of the 1981 World Champion Dodgers.

Before the 1982 season, the Dodgers sent Lopes to the Oakland Athletics to make room for rookie second baseman Steve Sax, breaking up the longest playing infield in history who had been starters since 1974. With Oakland, Lopes teamed with Rickey Henderson to steal 158 bases, setting a new record for teammates. Henderson collected 130, Lopes 28. After that, Lopes also played with the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. Amazingly, he stole 47 bases at the age of forty and 35 at forty-one, before retiring at the end of the 1987 season.

Coaching

Following his retirement as a player, Lopes coached for several teams, including stints as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and first base coach for the Washington Nationals. Lopes was hired as the Brewer's skipper under Bud Selig's recommendation of hiring a manager with a minority background. He initially energized the team, which featured a high-powered offense although pitching woes and Lopes's own risky style of game management led to losing seasons. Tired of the Brewers' continued poor performance and Lopes's media and field antics, club management fired him as manager after only 15 games into the 2002 season. At present he is the first base coach of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIL 2000 73 89 .451 3rd in NL Central - - - -
MIL 2001 68 94 .420 4th in NL Central - - - -
MIL 2002 3 12 .200 6th in NL Central - - - (fired)
Total 144 195 .425


Statistics

Career Hitting
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
1,812 6,354 1,671 232 50 155 1,023 614 557 833 852 .263 .349 .388 .737


Controversy

During a game in the 1977 NLCS, Davey Lopes was part of one of the most controversial plays in playoff history. He was called safe despite a great play by Phillies' shortstop Larry Bowa.

In 2001, Lopes was the target of another 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." [128820] [128821] Henderson withdrew from the game as a result. The statement by Lopes was a threat to have his team's pitchers throw at Henderson's head. Lopes was suspended for two games for his violation of league rules. The Elias Sports Bureau subsequently documented that during his own playing career, Lopes had stolen a total of seven bases while his teams were leading the game by seven or more runs.

Health

Lopes was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a routine physical in February, 2008. [128822]

Highlights

  • 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 24th 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
  • He loves monster trucks and regularly attends events.
  • Set a NLCS record in stolen bases with nine
  • Tied an NL record (since broken) with five stolen bases in a game (1974)


Feats

  • 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 Fieldmarker. Lopes hit three home runs, a double and a single, as Los Angeles totaled 48 bases, also a team record.


  • In 1975, Lopes set a 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



References

  1. Baseball-Reference.com.


External links




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