RESUME: Davey Lopes returns to the Nationals as the team's first base coach, a post he held for Washington during the 2006 season...The 2016 season will mark the 30th as a Major League coach for Lopes, who spent the past five seasons in the same position for the Los Angeles Dodgers...A highly-regarded baserunning instructor, Lopes was instrumental in improving the Dodgers' running game...Since 2011, a Dodger has ranked in the top 10 in stolen bases three times, and the 2011 Dodgers posted a 75.9 stolen base percentage, the team's second-best mark since moving to L.A. in 1958... Prior to joining the Dodgers, Lopes spent four seasons (2007-10) as the first base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies, appearing in the postseason all four years and winning a World Series ring in 2008...While with Philadelphia, Lopes coached current Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, helping him achieve back-to-back 20-stolen-base seasons (2008, 2009) and an 88 percent (60-for-68) stolen base percentage...In each of his four seasons the Phillies posted the best stolen base percentage in MLB, including the best mark in MLB history in 2007 (87.9 %)...In 2008, the Phillies also led the NL and tied for the MLB lead with 36 outfield assists...Lopes served previously as the first base coach in San Diego (1995-1999 and 2003-2005), Baltimore (1992-1994) and Texas (1988-1991), and skippered the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000-02.
PLAYING CAREER: A 16-year Major Leaguer, Lopes' career included stops in Los Angeles (1972-81), Oakland (1982-84), Chicago (1984-86, Cubs) and Houston (1986-87)...Lopes appeared in four World Series, including a World Series Championship in 1981, as well as four consecutive All-Star Games (1978-81)...A second-round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1968, Lopes spent the first 10 years of his MLB career with LA, and stole a then-MLB record 38 consecutive bases without a caught stealing in 1975 (Vince Coleman broke that record in 1989)...Lopes led the NL in stolen bases in 1975 (77) and 1976 (63) and ranks second all-time in Dodger history (behind Maury Wills, 490) with 413 stolen bases...Lopes stole 10 bases in the 1981 postseason, and in Game 4 of the World Series, was 2-for-5, stole two bases, scored two runs and had two RBI, including the game-winning RBI in an 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees... The 1978 NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at second base, Lopes remains the Dodgers' all-time home run leader for second basemen (98).
PERSONAL: David Earl Lopes resides in San Diego, Calif., and he has a daughter, Vanessa...Lopes was All-State in baseball and basketball while attending LaSalle Academy (RI), and is a 1969 graduate of Washburn University (KS) where he earned NAIA All-American honors in baseball and basketball.