Lopes hired by Dodgers; Phillies announce staff

Former Phillies first-base coach Davey Lopes has been hired by the Dodgers to fill the same position.

Lopes and the Phillies parted ways after the season when they could not come to an agreement on a contract. Lopes was on the Phillies coaching staff for 4 years.

Lopes, a former star second baseman for the Dodgers, was hired in Los Angeles by new manager Don Mattingly.


Also, the Phillies formally announced their full player development staff, including the return of Mickey Morandini, as the manager at Class A Williamssport. Below is much of the press release.

Last week the Phillies announced the hiring of Ryne Sandberg as manager of Triple A Lehigh Valley. Sandberg’s staff will consist of Sal Rende, who spent the last three years as the minor league hitting coordinator, and pitching coach Rod Nichols. For Nichols, the 2011 season will be his 12th in the Phillies’ player development system.


At Double A Reading, Mark Parent will be the new manager. Parent led Single A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League championship in 2010, his first year with the Phillies, and was named as manager to the league’s postseason All-Star team. Coaches Frank Cacciatore and Bob Milacki will remain on the Reading staff.


Dusty Wathan will return for a second year with Single A Clearwater. Wathan has spent the last five years in the Phillies’ minor league system as both a player (2006-07) and manager (2008-10). Dave Lundquist returns as his pitching coach with the other coaching spot yet to be determined.


Lakewood will be helmed by Chris Truby. Truby led Williamsport last year, his second season as part of the Phillies’ minor league staff. Returning coaches Greg Legg and Steve Schrenk (pitching) will comprise his staff. Legg enters his 30th year as a member of the Phillies organization – his 18th as a minor league instructor – after being drafted by the team in 1982.


For the ninth season of his career, Roly deArmas will manage the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies. DeArmas has spent 32 of his 39 seasons of professional baseball with the Phillies organization. Kevin Jordan, who moves from Clearwater to the GCL Phillies, and newcomer Les Lancaster (pitching) will make up the coaching staff.

Lancaster pitched seven years in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs (1987-91), Detroit Tigers (1992) and St. Louis Cardinals (1993), going 41-28 with 22 saves and a 4.05 ERA in 323 career games (39 starts).

Carlos Arroyo, a longtime part of the Gulf Coast coaching staff, will resume his duties as rehab pitching coach. Arroyo is the senior member of the Phillies’ player development system, having been with the club for 36 years, the last 28 as a minor league coach.


The Phillies’ minor league coordinator staff will consist of returning members Mike Compton (field), Gorman Heimueller (pitching), Steve Henderson (hitting), Doug Mansolino (infield) and Ernie Whitt (catching) with Donnie Sadler (outfield/baserunning) joining the group. Henderson spent last season as the outfield/baserunning coordinator, while Sadler served as a coach for the Gulf Coast Phillies.


Athletic coordinators Brian Cammarota (athletic trainers) and Shawn Fcasni (strength & conditioning) remain in their positions. Minor league athletic trainers remain as follows: Jason Kirkman (Lehigh Valley), Chris Mudd (Reading), Ichiro Kitano (Clearwater), Mickey Kozack (Lakewood), Jon May (Williamsport) and Troy Hoffert (Gulf Coast). Jason Meredith and Andrew Jedlicka, two newcomers to the minor league athletic training staff, will serve as strength and conditioning coaches for Lehigh Valley and the Gulf Coast team, respectively.