MANAGING AND COACHING CAREER
Lopes will enter his 28th season as a Major League coach and fourth with the Dodgers, returning as the first base coach and baserunning instructor after playing for the team from 1972-82. Widely acknowledged as one of the best baserunning coaches in baseball, the 2014 season marks his 27th season as a Major League coach (including three as a big league manager)… a pair of Dodgers set career highs in steals in 2012 as Shane Victorino (39 SB) and Dee Gordon (32 SB) ranked fourth and eighth, respectively, in the National League…made an instant impact for Los Angeles in 2011 as the team's big league baserunning coach as the Dodgers' stolen-base percentage (75.9) was the team's second-best mark since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, trailing the 1962 club's 82.2 percent mark…the Dodgers ranked fourth in the National League with 126 steals and had the circuit's fifth-best stolen base percentage (126 SB/40 CS) which were both significant improvements over the team's 92 steals and 64.8 percent success rate in 2010…was the Philadelphia Phillies' first-base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor (2007-2010) where he won a World Series in 2008…in each of his four seasons with the Phillies, he coached the team to the best stolen-base percentage in the Majors, including the best mark in MLB history in 2007 (87.9 percent, 138 for 157)…served as a coach on the 2009 NL All-Star Team…in 2008, the Phillies led all NL teams and tied for the Major League lead in outfield assists (36)…managed the Milwaukee Brewers (2000-2002), compiling a 144-195 record…was the first base coach for Washington (2006), San Diego (1995-1999 and 2003-2005), Baltimore (1992-1994) and Texas (1988-1991)…managed the Sun Cities Solar Sox in the 1996 Arizona Fall League.
Was a second-round pick of the Dodgers in 1968…spent the first 10 years of his big league career with the Dodgers (1972-1981)…was the second baseman of the legendary Dodger infield that played together for a Major League record eight-plus seasons (Steve Garvey -- first base, Bill Russell -- shortstop, Ron Cey -- third base)…stole a then Major League record 38 consecutive bases without getting caught in 1975 (Vince Coleman broke the record in 1989). The previous record was set by Pittsburgh's Max Carey with 31 straight in 1922…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…played in one Division Series, six League Championship Series and four World Series, winning the 1981 World Series with the Dodgers…stole 10 bases in the 1981 postseason…In Game 4 of the 1981 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…played in four consecutive All-Star Games (1978-1981) and was the top vote-getter in 1980…he became the fifth captain in Dodger history in 1978 and served until July 1979 (the previous captains were Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Maury Wills and Willie Davis)…won the 1978 NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award at second base…is the Dodgers' all-time home run leader for second basemen (98)…owns Dodger record for most career leadoff home runs (28)…hit a Dodger record seven leadoff home runs in 1979…played in more games at second base than anybody in Los Angeles Dodger history (1,150)…was the Dodgers' Opening Day second baseman seven times…ranks 25th all time with 557 stolen bases…ranks in the top 10 all time in Los Angeles Dodger history in hits (8th, 1,204), at-bats (7th, 4,590), runs (5th, 759), triples (6th, 39), total bases (9th, 1,744) and stolen bases (2nd, 418).
David Earl Lopes resides in San Diego, CA…he has a daughter, Vanessa…was All-State in baseball and basketball while attending LaSalle Academy (RI)…1969 graduate of Washburn University (KS) where he earned NAIA All-American honors in baseball and basketball.