Nationals Off To A Strong Start Already, Add Davey Lopes To Coaching Staff
And so we see one more benefit to hiring Dusty Baker as your manager -- he's got connections. First he grabbed Mike Maddux, late of the Texas Rangers, as his pitching coach. All Maddux did in Texas was to oversee a staff that had the six lowest ERAs in the history of the franchise.
Today the Nationals announced that Davey Lopes was hired as first base coach. When Don Mattingly was fired last month, the Dodgers told their coaches they were free to seek jobs elsewhere. How they let Lopes go is a mystery -- somewhat of a blunder in my opinion. But it's Washington's gain -- that team just got a lot more stealy.
Baker and Lopes were Dodgers teammates from 1976-81, and Lopes also played for the Athletics (1982–1984)
Cubs (1984–1986) and Astros (1986–1987). He managed the Brewers from 2000-2002. It will be his second sting with Washington, where he was a coach in 2006.
And now the Dodgers should be looking at this and saying, why isn't this staff in LA right now? Baker and Lopes would be great in LA, and Maddux as your pitching coach? All three are former Dodgers -- and Maddux would be a much better fit than Rick Honeycutt IMO. (The Dodgers are negotiating to retain Honeycutt as pitching coach right now).
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