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Lopes could land in LA as first-base coach

Lopes could land in LA as first-base coach

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LOS ANGELES -- Four-time All-Star Davey Lopes became a prime candidate for the Dodgers' vacant first-base coaching job after resigning the same position with the Phillies on Monday.

Lopes, 65, was on the Phillies' staff from 2007-10, and also was the baserunning and outfield coach credited with instilling his aggressive style in players like Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth. Philadelphia had the best stolen-base percentage in baseball during his time as coach.

Lopes also brings managerial experience, having guided the Brewers from 2000 until being replaced 16 games into the 2002 season. His record with Milwaukee was 144-195.

The Dodgers' first-base job has been handled the past five years by Mariano Duncan, who was told at the end of the season that he could look for a Major League job elsewhere, and if he didn't find one, a job somewhere in the organization would be available to him.

Coincidentally, both Lopes and Duncan are represented by Tony Attanasio, who has served as their agent since they were players. Duncan, who played for the Phillies, has already surfaced as a possible replacement for Lopes.

Lopes and the Phillies couldn't agree on salary. Lopes said the responsibility he was given for overseeing the running game and outfield increased his value above that of most first-base coaches. Lopes said he would seek a job on the West Coast.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, could use Lopes' experience. The departures of manager Joe Torre (70), bench coach Bob Schaefer (65) and third-base coach Larry Bowa (64) have removed the three senior members of the staff.

A move with Lopes, who also won a Gold Glove Award as a second baseman, would explain why the Dodgers have not announced their coaching staff yet. There had been speculation that general manager Ned Colletti wanted to talk to someone on one of the playoff teams. The Phillies were eliminated by the Giants last week.

The Dodgers' staff is expected to include Trey Hillman, bench coach; Rick Honeycutt, pitching coach; Jeff Pentland, Chili Davis and Manny Mota, hitting coaches; Tim Wallach, third-base coach; Ken Howell, bullpen coach.

Lopes lives in the San Diego suburb of Point Loma and previously spent eight seasons as first-base coach of the Padres working for Kevin Towers, who is now the general manager of the D-backs. The Padres and D-backs have announced their 2011 coaching staffs. Both have former Dodgers -- Dave Roberts and Eric Young -- as first-base coaches.

Lopes played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, the first 10 with the Dodgers as a base-stealing leadoff catalyst on a team that went to the World Series four times, winning in 1981 as Lopes was being phased out of the lineup.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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