David Earle Lopes (//; born May 3, 1945, in East Providence, Rhode Island) is a 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 and managed the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lopes coaching for the Nationals in 2017
|Second baseman / Manager|
Born: May 3, 1945|
East Providence, Rhode Island
|September 22, 1972, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1987, for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||614|
|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. He recorded his first hit on a single to right field off of the Giants Jim Barr on September 24, 1972. His first home run was hit on May 13, 1973, also against Barr.
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 was one of the most effective base stealers in baseball's modern era. 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. 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, 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 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.
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. 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. He was 144-195 in 3 seasons with the Brewers.
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.
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.
Lopes decided to retire from coaching after the 2017 season.
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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." 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.
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 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
- 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.
- List of Major League Baseball stolen base records
- List of Gold Glove Award winners at second base
- List of major league players with 500 stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball career runs scored leaders
- List of Major League Baseball career stolen bases leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual stolen base leaders
- "September 22, 1972 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "September 24, 1972 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "May 13, 1973 Dodgers vs. Giants box score". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Bloom, Barry M. (7 February 2006). "Dodgers infield recalls glory days". MLB.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Gleeman, Aaron (23 November 2010). "Dodgers hoping new first base coach Davey Lopes can work his magic on Matt Kemp". NBC Sports. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Brener, Steve (March 1976). "Dave Lopes, New Champion of Major League Base Stealers". Baseball Digest: 58. Retrieved November 23, 2010.[dead link]
- "Report: Davey Lopes to be named Brewers manager". ESPN. 4 November 1999. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- "Lopes fired, Jerry Royster named interim manager". MLB.com. 18 April 2002. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013.
- "Davey Lopes". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- White, Paul (29 October 2009). "First-base coach Lopes steals an edge for Phillies". USA Today. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- Adams, Steve (October 20, 2017). "Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals' Manager In 2018". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Ladson, Bill (January 30, 2018). "Lopes 'taking it easy' after calling it quits". mlb.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Davey Lopes Player Page". Baseball-Reference.com. 2014.
- "Rickey's taking extra base draws Lopes' ire". ESPN. Associated Press. 29 July 2001. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Arizona Daily Star, 26 Aug 2001, pg. 47
- "Phils say Lopes expected to make full recovery from prostate cancer". ESPN. Associated Press. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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- Davey Lopes Los Angeles Dodgers Online
- Providence RI Recreation Facility named in honor of Davey Lopes
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| Baltimore Orioles First Base coach
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