Pedro Lopez (minors01)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Pedro Lopez was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 21st round of the 1988 amateur draft. He played in the Padres', Milwaukee Brewers', and Houston Astros' chains through 2000. Even though Lopez played at the AAA level on four occasions, he was never able to take that final step into major league baseball. Overall Lopez hit .247/.317/.359 in 909 games.

After completing his playing career, Lopez quickly moved into coaching. He began 2001 as the bench coach for the Savannah Sand Gnats in the Texas Rangers organization. When Sand Gnats manager Bill Slack was assigned other duties in late May, Lopez took over managing on an interim basis which became a permanent change on June 21st. Lopez remained in a managing role for most seasons through 2019 as detailed below. In other roles, he was a hitting coach for the Bakersfield Blaze in 2006. Lopez joined the New York Mets organization in 2008 and started as a Sand Gnats coach, but took over the Kingsport Mets on June 23rd when manager Nick Leyva was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays to coach third base. While in the Mets organization, Lopez also managed the 2011 Peoria Javelinas team in the Arizona Fall League.

Lopez left the Mets after 2019 and joined the Colorado Rockies player development system just in time for the arrival of COVID-19. He was scheduled to serve as a supervisor of development for the Grand Junction Rockies before the minor league season was cancelled. In 2021 he was initially assigned to the Spokane Indians as a development supervisor, but ended up working as the Albuquerque Isotopes hitting coach instead. He returned to the Isotopes in 2022 as their bench coach.

In addition to coaching in the States, Lopez spent several years coaching and managing in the winter leagues.

The many managerial changes Lopez experienced is quite common in the winter leagues where there is great "what have you done for me lately" pressure. In the 2017/2018 season, Lopez was named manager of the year for his team's performance in the regular season, but was replaced in the playoffs when his team began poorly.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2001 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 14th Texas Rangers Replaced Bill Slack on June 18
2002 Pulaski Rangers Appalachian League 34-32 6th Texas Rangers
2003 AZL Rangers Arizona League 35-15 1st Texas Rangers Lost Playoff
2004 AZL Rangers Arizona League 32-24 3rd Texas Rangers
2005 AZL Rangers Arizona League 27-29 5th (t) Texas Rangers
2007 AZL Rangers Arizona League 22-34 8th Texas Rangers
2008 Kingsport Mets Appalachian League 6th New York Mets Replaced Nick Leyva on June 23
2009 Brooklyn Cyclones New York-Penn League 45-30 3rd (t) New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2010 Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League 75-64 4th (t) New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2011 St. Lucie Mets Florida State League 72-68 6th New York Mets Lost League Finals
2012 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 68-74 9th New York Mets
2013 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 86-55 1st New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2014 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 83-59 2nd New York Mets League Champs
2015 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 77-64 3rd New York Mets Lost in 1st round
2016 Binghamton Mets Eastern League 63-77 8th New York Mets
2017 Las Vegas 51s Pacific Coast League 56-86 16th New York Mets
2018 Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League 64-70 9th New York Mets
2019 Columbia Fireflies South Atlantic League 52-84 14th New York Mets

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