It would be really, really easy to congratulate Brandon Beachy for simply making it back to pitch in a major-league game Saturday, but he wasn’t in the mood after the Dodgers lost 7-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ten items of baseball memorabilia belonging to Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes are being auctioned online, including his 1981 World Series Trophy and 1978 Gold Glove Award.
The auction period ends Saturday. The items can be found here.
Lopes played for the Dodgers from 1972-81. As a coach and manager, he’s made stops in Texas, Baltimore, San Diego, Milwaukee, Washington and Philadelphia before returning to the Dodgers in 2011.
Now the Dodgers’ first-base coach, Lopes was drafted by the Dodgers in January 1968 — there was a January draft then — out of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Kansas was Keenan’s territory.
“He was very quiet, personable, well respected at his job,” Lopes recalled. “His grandfather was a scout, Burt Wells. They were highly thought of in the game for quite a while.
“He was good at what he did. He got a couple really good players.”