Davey Lopes on scout John Keenan.

Davey Lopes

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Davey Lopes was one of the names you’ve probably heard of who was signed by scout John Keenan. Bill Russell, Don Sutton and Mitch Webster are among the others.

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.”

Dodgers to reassign batting coach Dave Hansen.

Batting coach Dave Hansen is the only member of the Dodgers’ coaching staff who will not return to his current position in 2013, the team announced Friday. The 43-year-old has been offered another position within the organization.

Hansen was named interim hitting coach in July 2011 after Jeff Pentland was fired at midseason, and had the ‘interim’ tag removed prior to the 2012 season.

As a team, the Dodgers ranked near the bottom of the 16-team National League in many key categories — runs (13th), slugging percentage (15th), home runs (15th). They ranked first in sacrifice hits, with 82, but that was often attributed to their inability to advance runners with base hits.

The returning coaches include pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Tim Wallach, bench coach Trey Hillman, bullpen coach Ken Howell, catching coach Steve Yeager, bullpen catcher Rob Flippo, as well as Manny Mota and Mickey Hatcher. Wallach is a candidate for the Boston Red Sox manager’s job. If hired, he would leave the Dodgers with two coaching vacancies to fill this winter.

Hatcher, 57, was the Angels’ hitting coach from 2000 until he was fired in May. He joined the Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager but quickly became an in-uniform coach.

More from Davey Lopes on Nick Punto’s head-first dives.

I stumbled into a long conversation with Davey Lopes about baserunning on Friday (it’s not hard to do). Specifically, we talked about Nick Punto’s head-first dives into first base, which had morphed from a novelty into a regular occurrence –it happened three times in one game earlier this month, and twice more on Wednesday.

That was the lead subject of yesterday’s Dodgers notebook. Here’s more from Lopes:
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