In appreciation of Davey Lopes’ career

He was a Cub for only a short time, but set one record that might never be broken.

Davey Lopes played in the major leagues for 16 years and coached and managed for nearly 30 more, and was most recently first-base coach for the Nationals in 2017.

With former Cub Dave Martinez named Nationals manager for 2018, he naturally wanted to bring in his own coaching staff and so Lopes, who will be 73 in May, decided to retire after 45 years in the game.

Although Lopes was just briefly a Cub, from late 1984 through mid-1986, I wanted to write this in appreciation for what he did for the Cubs in just that short time.

He was acquired by the Cubs August 31, 1984, six weeks after the Cubs had sent Chuck Rainey to the Athletics for a PTBNL. He seemed an afterthought; the Cubs didn’t really have any open positions at that time and so of the 16 games he played for the ‘84 Cubs, he started just two of them: September 4 at second base to give Ryne Sandberg a break (he went 2-for-5), and September 26 against the Pirates, three days after the …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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