Tag:Davey Lopes
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: April 15, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Pepper: Feeding Harpermania

By Evan Brunell

HARPERMANIA: Eye on Baseball's C. Trent Rosecrans took in a game between the Hagerstown Suns and Lexington Legends on Thursday. This is relevant because Bryce Harper was in the game. Rosecran's video below shows Harper taking batting practice as well as some great shots of him hitting during the game, in which he went 1 for 3 with a double.

BASEBALL TODAY: How big of a blow is the Joe Mauer loss to the Twins? What is the latest with replay and Major League Baseball? Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the latest in baseball:

I AM 42: Friday is Jackie Robinson Day, where everyone will wear No. 42 to celebrate the breaking of the color barrier so notably demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. MLB.com has a website honoring Robinson, with MLB players discussing the importance of Robinson to the game. (Iam42.com)

HELLO, OLD FRIEND: John Farrell returns to Boston Friday as his Blue Jays come to town for a four-game series. Farrell made a major impact on the Red Sox during his time as pitching coach and there are nothing but good things said by his former compatriots. Now in Toronto, Farrell has to adjust to managing despite having zero experience in that role. (Boston Globe)

THE REPLACEMENT: Farrell's replacement is Curt Young, who spent years shaping the Athletics staff. While Boston's own staff is off to a poor start, you won't hear skipper Terry Francona disparaging Young. Nope; Francona believes Young is a great fit, while Young himself is still trying to figure out how to get the most out of his pitchers. He's already fixed a few mechanical tweaks with Clay Buchholz and convinced Daisuke Matsuzaka to start a different regimen. (Boston Herald)

RUN, DODGER, RUN: Davey Lopes' impact as baserunning coach for the Dodgers is already remarkable as they are tied with the Padres for most steals in the NL and could double their total from last season. The success rate is also way up. While part of that is thanks to signing the speedy Tony Gwynn, Jr., Lopes has made a big impact on the team as a whole. (Los Angeles Times)

PAGING OSCAR GAMBLE: Coco Crisp broke out a new look Thursday, doing away with his braids and going with an Oscar Gamble-esque look. And really, there's no better team to break out the hairdo with than the Athletics, with their history of follicial accomplishments. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DOUBLE THE PLEASURE: Having two left-handers in the bullpen is something of a luxury for Angels manager Mike Scioscia, and he's enjoying the heck out of it, especially since Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi can fill several roles. (Los Angeles Times)

LONG-LASTING RELIEF: Guillermo Mota has been one of the hardest-worked relievers in the game since 1999, and he's still kicking as he's made the Giants the last two years off a minor-league deal. (San Francisco Chronicle)

HOLD ME BACK: Evan Longoria is so pleased with his rehab from a strained left oblique that he's relying on the trainers to keep him on a tight schedule instead of accelerating the process. The Rays plan to take it conservatively with Longoria so he is fully healed and can provide his bat all season. (Tampa Tribune)

UTLEY UPDATE: There's still no timetable for second baseman Chase Utley's return, but the Phillies hope he can get onto a field in May. He did some running Wednesday, but it's still anyone's guess how long Utley will be out with patellar tendinitis. Additionally, Ryan Howard deemed himself healthy after experiencing soreness when plunked on the right wrist Wednesday night by Washington's John Lannan. (Philadelphia News)

WATCH OUT! Yep, the third video in Pepper, this one showcases one of the grounds crew falling under a tarp being rolled out at the Royals game. Despite trying to warn his co-workers, he literally had the metal canister rolled over him:

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Dodgers announce coaching staff


The Dodgers have finalized the coaching staff for Don Mattingly, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, and the first-year manager will have a lot of experience to lean on.

Trey Hillman, replaced as manager of the Royals midseason, will be Mattingly's bench coach. Davey Lopes, former Brewers manager and long-time coach with the Phillies, returns to the original team he played for, taking over as first-base coach. Veteran Jeff Pentland will be hitting coach, assisted by "hitting instructor" Dave Hansen, the former pinch-hitting specialist who has been Arizona's organizational hitting coordinator.

Rick Honeycutt remains as pitching coach, the position he's held since 2006. Ken Howell is the only other holdover, staying on as bullpen coach. Former major league player and minor-league manager Tim Wallach will be third-base coach.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:28 am
 

Samuel could choose Phillies over O's


Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back to the drawing board in his hunt for a bench coach now that Don Wakamatsu has chosen Toronto as his fall-back position if he doesn't get the Mets job. He also is without a third-base coach as he waits for a decision from Juan Samuel.

Samuel was interim manager for 51 games last season before he lost out to Showalter for the permanent gig. He's been invited to return to his old job as third-base coach, though the prospect of going back after sitting in the big chair has to be awkward. And an attractive opportunity has arisen that might be a more attractive option. Davey Lopes left as Phillies first-base coach, and Samuel has ties to the team, having played seven years in Philadelphia.

The Phillies haven't offered Samuel the job, but it at least looks like his return to Baltimore is in doubt.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Lopes out as Phillies 1B coach

Davey Lopes
The Phillies and Davey Lopes were unable to agree on a salary for next season, so the first-base coach will not return, he told CSNPhilly.com.

"We just had a difference of opinion on what I felt my worth was," Lopes said. "That’s all. It was a really tough decision because I loved my time in Philadelphia, I loved working for [manager] Charlie Manuel, and I have the utmost respect for everyone in that organization."

Lopes, who had been with the Phillies four years, didn't say what he was asking for or what the Phillies offered.

"Believe me, I wasn’t looking to break the bank,” he said. "I just think sometimes you get pigeonholed as a first-base coach, and I think I had a lot more responsibility than that. I guess you could say it’s a principle type thing. But I move on without hard feelings. I mean that. My time in Philadelphia was great."

Considering what Lopes was asking for probably amounted to what Jayson Werth spends on dry cleaning in a year, Phillies fans might be unsettled by this news.

-- David Andriesen

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