Jim Salisbury reports that Davey Lopes, who has guided the Phillies to historic base-stealing efficiency since the 2007 season, was offered a one-year contract, but the two sides differed on compensation. (AP Photo)
Lopes, who was also responsible for coaching the outfield, oversaw a Phillies club that led the league in stolen-base percentage for four-straight seasons and helped transform Shane Victorino into one of the league's premier stolen-base threats. The 65-year-old coach said he hopes to stay in baseball and would not comment on the difference in compensation. “We just had a difference of opinion on what I felt my worth was,” Lopes told Salisbury. “That’s all. It was a really tough decision because I loved my time in Philadelphia, I loved working for Charlie Manuel, and I have the utmost respect for everyone in that organization."
Beerleaguer: Here's hoping the Phillies absorbed all they could these last four seasons. I can't recall a Phillies coach ever having a more tangible impact on a single aspect of the game, with Victorino being his masterwork; Vic was as raw between the bags as a young player could be when he first entered the league. Today, one would assume that Vic and the rest of the veterans have evolved as much as their rapidly balding tires will allow. But losing Lopes certainly hurts with Domonic Brown ready to assume a full-time role. It was frequently rumored that Lopes, who missed time dealing with personal tragedy, was set to move on. His final season included blowouts by Jimmy Rollins, Victorino and Chase Utley, yet all the while, they stayed efficient, leading the league in base-stealing efficiency for a fourth-straight season. How quickly we forget, too, that the Phils sent the entire starting outfield to the All-Star Game last season.