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Lopes returns to Nats as Baker’s first base coach

Nov 5, 2015, 10:51 AM EDT

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The Nationals added another high-profile coach to Dusty Baker’s staff Thursday morning, bringing Davey Lopes back to serve in the first base coaching position he held in D.C. a decade ago.

Lopes, 70, is one of the sport’s most experienced and respected coaches, particularly as a baserunning instructor. He spent the last five seasons as the Dodgers’ first base coach and prior to that held the position with the Phillies, becoming a favorite of Jayson Werth, who is now reunited with him.

This will be Lopes’ second stint with the Nationals; he was Frank Robinson’s first base coach in 2006 and was popular among players for the work he did that season.

Lopes joins new pitching coach Mike Maddux, hired Wednesday, as high-profile members of Baker’s newly assembled staff.

  1. allquiet3022 - Nov 5, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Liking all this more and more.

    • veejh - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM

      Me too.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Nov 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I love the move. Like I said earlier, who better to work with Turner and Difo with their base running skills?

    Only thing? Where is Rizzo going to find guys? The Soldier’s Home? Lopes is 70 years old. Just kidding, I love the moves so far!

    • Doc - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:09 AM

      They will have to take turns taking naps, Seams! LOL

  3. veejh - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a Dusty Baker news conference. I liked what he had to say. Very well spoken.

    • alexva6 - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      +1

      easy to see why he is so respected

  4. rmoore446 - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    I really liked his news conference. I am excited!

  5. NatsLady - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Not only did I like the press conference, I ENJOYED the press conference. Very confident guy, in the interview with FP and Johnny, he summed it up with “We’ll make it work.” The overwhelming impression I got was of a guy who has experience with just about every conceivable situation and has confidence that he can make it work.

    • veejh - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      Right now, he’s in “listen mode”. I really liked that comment.

    • natsfan1a - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      The man gives a good press conference, and he can work it on the runway in showing the jersey. Niiice.

  6. homeparkdc - Nov 5, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    If you liked the press conference, try this link. A less formal interview setting with Baker. 30 minutes of entertainment.

    • chaz11963 - Nov 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Amazing…what a difference from MW. Not to say MW was a bad person, he and his wife were very involved in the DC community, but Dusty is clearly a hugely better communicator.

    • NatsNut - Nov 5, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      He is hilarious!

  7. veejh - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    You think he forgot exactly how many years he’s been married on purpose? That was pretty funny.

    • natsfan1a - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:48 PM

      I think he “forgot” his wife’s age (“fifty-something”). Smooth, Dusty. Very smooth. 🙂

      • veejh - Nov 5, 2015 at 1:43 PM

        Was it wife’s age? Whatever, it was still pretty slick if he did it on purpose.

      • natsfan1a - Nov 5, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        Agreed. Very slick.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Dusty Baker brings true baseball knowledge and professionalism to this town, though like every other manager he will be second guessed after every loss. Whether the Nats win the World Series, or even get that far, they will be a lot of fun to watch next year.

    Rizzo called this a “unique” situation. Said they were negotiating with Baker and Black at same time. Said never offered job to Black.

    I really believe the Washington Post,and others, are the true villains on that whole fiasco. Everybody was rushing to break the story based on their unnamed sources. Then when it didn’t happen as they prematurely and erroneously reported they all went into muckraker mode and blame Rizzo, the Lerners, and everyone else except them selves.

    • homeparkdc - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      Yeah – call ’em the way you see ’em. Excellent summary.

    • natsfan1a - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      Dusty had a little twinkle in his eye when he commented to the assembled media something to the effect of “Sometimes leaks happen. You know how they happen, right?”

      I still think the process was messed up, and wish it gone down the way it did, whoever leaked it. I don’t blame the media for running with a story that was leaked to them. It’s what they do. At one point, Dusty allowed as how he’d been hurt and wondered why nobody had first contacted him to say he was not the choice, but he doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings about how things played out, so there’s that.

      • natsfan1a - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:55 PM

        Edit: wish it “had not” gone down the way it did

    • natsred4dndc - Nov 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      You would think that nobody who wrote about these events has ever made a business deal. Oh wait…
      This was botched by the media reporting as “done” a deal that wasn’t. Then again, I suppose that it is unsurprising that the media, having no experience with such things, would botch the reporting of common business dealings. And then blame everybody else.

      • Joe Seamhead - Nov 5, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        Premature e-jack-(ass)-ulation.-

  9. natsguy - Nov 5, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    I think there is some stuff going on between FO and ownership. Too many screwups and bad communication since July. They need to get that fixed and soon.

  10. allquiet3022 - Nov 5, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Whatever else happens, I bet you’d need to look far and wide to find any group happier today than the baseball writers of DC. That beat just got defibrillated by a jolt of Dusty “I hit behind Hank Aaron” Baker.

  11. langleyclub - Nov 5, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    At 70, hope Lopes can make it from the dugout to the first base coaching box…. Maybe Tommy Lasorda can coach 3rd,and Steve Yeager can serve as the bullpen coach.

    • natsguy - Nov 5, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      They could do worse.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 5, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      “70 is the new 50”

      Any reason to think his health isn’t good?

      • ArVAFan - Nov 5, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        As long as he doesn’t get Dutch Elm disease from all those toothpicks he chews!

  12. natfan33 - Nov 5, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Werth likes Lopes so much I can see 20 steals in Werth’s future next season.

  13. philipd763 - Nov 5, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Frank Robinson is only 81 and he migh make a good hitting coach.

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