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Phillies RF Raul Ibanez and Davey Lopes

Phillies RF Raul Ibanez and Davey Lopes

November 1

An important contributor to the Phillies’ rise to the top of the National League East is moving on.
Davey Lopes, the Phils’ first-base coach from 2007-10, told on Monday he has informed team officials he will not return to the club in 2011.
Lopes, 65, had been offered a one-year contract, but the two sides weren’t able to agree on a salary.
“We just had a difference of opinion on what I felt my worth was,” Lopes said by telephone. “That’s all. It was a really tough decision because I loved my time in Philadelphia, I loved working for [manager] Charlie Manuel, and I have the utmost respect for everyone in that organization.
“I got more enjoyment out of winning that World Series in 2008 than I did the one I won with the Dodgers as a player. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time in Philadelphia. I am really going to miss the atmosphere and the passion. The fans were great to me. I went from being a bad guy, a Dodger, to someone they really embraced. I really appreciate that.”
Lopes refused to say how far apart he and the club were in terms of compensation.
“Believe me, I wasn’t looking to break the bank,” he said. “They made a good offer. I just think sometimes you get pigeonholed as a first-base coach, and I view my situation differently than other first-base coaches in that I had a lot more responsibility than that. I guess you could say it’s a principle type thing. But I move on without hard feelings. I mean that. My time in Philadelphia was great.”

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