Coaching Connections - NLCS teams and the Dodgers

Time to examine the coaching staffs of this year's NLCS participants and see what kind of connections they have to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  It turns out that there is little intertwining between these groups of baseball men and the Dodgers, but the Phillies do have the stronger connections.

Phillies

Philadephia manager Charles Fuqua Manuel played in the Dodgers organization in 1974 and 1975, his last stops as a player in the states before swinging his bat in Japan for six years.  His career AAA line was .320 / .411 / .597 and his Albuquerque numbers were just a bit higher than that.  He did get a cup of coffee with the big club each year he was with the Dodgers, hitting .167 / .211 / .167 in 19 plate appearances.

Davey Lopes, first-base coach, is a familiar figure to Dodger fans of the 1970s as the second baseman in the eight-year infield of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey.  He was known for his formidable base-running skills and his equally formidable mustache, as well as providing occasional pop from the leadoff spot in the batting order. As a Dodger: .262 / .349 / .380, 105 OPS+, with 418 stolen bases at a 83.1% success rate.

Coaches Greg Gross (batting), Rich Dubee (pitching), Sam Perlozzo (third base), Pete Mackanin (bench) and Mick Billmeyer (bullpen) do not seem to have direct Dodger connections, although Mackanin was once part of a trade for ex-Dodger Willie Davis.

Giants

First-base coach Roberto Kelly played center field for the 1995 Dodgers after being acquired in a late May trade with the Montreal Expos.  Kelly had the worst offensive season of his career that year, putting up a line of .279 / .306 / .379, 87 OPS+ for Los Angeles, before leaving as a free agent at the end of the season.

Manager Bruce Bochy and coaches Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens (batting), Dave Righetti (pitching), Tim Flannery (third-base), Ron Wotus (bench) and Mark Gardner (bullpen) have no connections to the Dodgers that I could find, outside of being opponents at times.

Meulens, Righetti and Kelly were all teammates of Don Mattingly's in New York.

Thanks as always to thebaseballcube.com and baseball-reference.com.

Today's game: NLCS Game 5: Phillies (Roy Halladay) at Giants (Tim Lincecum)

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