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Coaching Staff

PEDRO LOPEZ - MANAGER

 

 

BORN: 3/29/69 - Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

51s SUMMARY: Pedro Lopez, on December 5, 2016, was named the 23rd manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 - present, 34 seasons).

CAREER SUMMARY: He enters his first season as manager on the Triple-A level and his 10th season with the Mets organization (2008-16). His career minor league managerial record in 15 seasons is 809-740 (.522). He spent the previous five seasons as manager of Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League (2012-16). He compiled a five-year regular season record of 377-329 (.534). Lopez was inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Shrine on September 6, 2015 after becoming the all-time winningest manager in team history with then-320 (regular season and postseason) victories as skipper of the BMets (now the Rumble Ponies). He became the first active manager or player to be inducted into Binghamton's Baseball Shrine. Lopez was named the 2013 Eastern League Manager of the Year after leading Binghamton to a franchise record 86-55 record (.610) and a trip to the postseason. He then spent the final three weeks of September serving as coach for the Mets. In 2014, he guided Binghamton to an 83-59 record (.585) and the BMets captured the EL Championship with a three-game sweep of Richmond. He guided Binghamton to three straight EL playoff appearances (2013-15) for the first time in franchise history.

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: Compiled an 809-740 (.522) record in 15 seasons in the Texas Rangers (2001-05, '07) and New York Mets organizations (2008-16). He has spent the previous five seasons as manager of Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League and compiled a five-year regular season record of 377-329 (.534). Lopez began his career with the Mets as a coach/manager with Single-A Kingsport of the Appalachian League in 2008. He then was the manager of Single-A Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League in 2009 and compiled a 45-30 record (.600) and led the Cyclones to the playoffs. He held the same position with Single-A Savannah in 2010 (75-64, .540, playoff appearance) and served as manager of Single-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League in 2011 (72-68, .514, South Division Champions). Prior to joining the Mets organization, he managed and coached in the Texas Rangers' farm system from 2000-07. In 2007, he was the manager of the Rangers Arizona League (Rookie) team, after serving in the same role from 2003-05. In 2006, he was the hitting coach for Single-A Bakersfield of the California League. In 2002, he managed Single-A Pulaski of the Appalachian League and in 2001 with Single-A Savannah.

PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 21st round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft out of Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona. He played in a total of 13 seasons in the minor leagues, six of those seasons in the Padres organization as a catcher and was a member of the Triple-A Las Vegas Stars in 1994. He won a Texas League championship under manager and former Stars player Bruce Bochy with Double-A Wichita in 1992. He then joined the Milwaukee organization as a minor league free agent in 1995, spending parts of two seasons at Triple-A before eventually ending his playing career with Houston (Triple-A New Orleans) in 2000. He appeared in 909 career games and batted .247 (690-for-2,796) with 134 doubles, 16 triples, 49 home runs and 338 RBI.

PERSONAL: Pedro Colon Lopez. Pedro, 48, and his wife, Gladys, have twin daughters, Leslian Marie and Lainey Marie (7/25/95) and make their home in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

JACK VOIGT - HITTING COACH

 

BORN: 5/17/66 - Sarasota, Florida

CAREER SUMMARY: Voigt enters his 12th overall season in the Mets organization and his third season as the hitting instructor for Triple-A Las Vegas. He served four seasons (2011-14) as the organization's outfield and baserunning coordinator. In 2016, Las Vegas boasted the TOP 3 hitters in the PCL for the second time in the 34-year franchise history (1983-2016): T.J. Rivera (.353, batting champion), Brandon Nimmo (.352), Gavin Cecchini (.325). The 1985 Las Vegas Stars also recorded the TOP 3 hitters in the PCL: John Kruk (.351, batting champion), Rusty Tillman (.337), Ray Smith (.325).

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He spent the last two seasons as the hitting instructor at Triple-A Las Vegas (2015-16). He spent four seasons as the Mets organization's outfield and baserunning coordinator (2011-14). He served as hitting coach for Triple-A Buffalo of the International League in 2010 and served in the same role for Single-A Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League in 2009. In 2004, he was a minor league roving baserunning and bunting coach in the Atlanta organization and served as baserunning and outfield coordinator for Baltimore in 2003. He also managed Baltimore's Single-A Frederick affiliate of the Carolina League in 2002 and was the hitting coach for Frederick in 2001. Voigt began his coaching career in 2000 as a player/coach with Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League. He served as hitting coach for Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League for two seasons (2012-13) and the team captured the championship and advanced to the Caribbean World Series.

MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He worked with the Washington Nationals in 2005 on manager Frank Robinson's coaching staff. He then joined the Mets organization in 2006 as a major league advance scout.

MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER & COLLEGE: He was selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 1987 Amateur Draft. He played six seasons in the Major Leagues with Baltimore (1993-95), Texas (1995-96), Milwaukee (1997) and Oakland (1998). He appeared in 294 career games and batted .235 (138-for-588) with 20 home runs and 83 RBI.

He attended Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) for three years (1985-87) and played in the 1987 College World Series and was named to the All-CWS Team. In the tournament, he hit the game-winning home run in the seventh inning to beat Arkansas.

PERSONAL: John David Voigt. He graduated from Venice High School in Florida. Jack and his wife, Jacky, reside in Florida.

 

 

 

FRANK VIOLA - PITCHING COACH

 

BORN: 4/19/60 - Hempstead, New York

CAREER SUMMARY: Viola enters his fourth season as the pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas and also enters his seventh season overall with the Mets organization. In 2014, the 51s pitching staff established a franchise record with 1,172 strikeouts.

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He spent the last three seasons as the pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas (2014-16) and the prior two seasons as the pitching coach at Single-A Savannah of the South Atlantic League (2012-13). In 2013, the Sand Gnats compiled an overall record of 77-61 (.558) and defeated Hagerstown (3-games-to-1) to capture the SAL Championship. He began his coaching career in 2011 with the Mets as the pitching coach with Single-A Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League. He was the manager of the Leesburgh Lightning in the Florida Collegiate Summer League from 2008-10, leading the squad to the FCSL championship in 2009 and to the championship game in 2010. He also coached at Lake Highland Prep in Florida from 1998-2007.

MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYING CAREER: He enjoyed an outstanding 15-year Major League career with Minnesota (1982-89), New York Mets (1989-91), Boston (1992-94), Cincinnati (1995) and Toronto (1996). The left-hander appeared in 421 career games and posted a 176-150 record with a 3.73 ERA. He struck out 1,844 batters in 2,836.1 innings pitched. The three-time All-Star went 20-12 with a 2.67 ERA in 249.2 innings pitched for the Mets in 1990. He was a member of the 1987 World Series Champion Minnesota Twins and the World Series MVP that same season (2-1, 3.72 ERA vs. St. Louis). He won the Cy Young Award in 1988 with a career-best 24-7 record and a 2.64 ERA in 255.1 innings pitched. He also posted 18 wins in a season twice in 1984 (18-12) and 1985 (18-14). He was selected by Minnesota in the second round of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft.

PERSONAL: Frank John Viola. Nicknamed "Sweet Music" and Twitter address is @FrankViola16. He was born in Hempstead, N.Y., and graduated from East Meadow High School (New York) and attended St. John's University. He was inducted into the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame, eight-man Class, on June 28-29. Frank's wife, Kathy, breeds and trains horses at their Sweet Music Farm in Orlando, Florida. They have three children: Frank III, who pitched in the Chicago White Sox and Toronto organizations; daughter, Brittany, who was a U.S.A. Diving National Team Member and a member of U.S.A. Diving's Olympic Performance Squad. She participated in the women's 10-meter platform diving in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and is a two-time NCAA champion from the University of Miami; daughter Kaley, who played Division I volleyball at Winthrop University.

 

 

DEB IWANOW - ATHLETIC TRAINER

 

Deb has been in the Mets organization as Athletic Trainer for 11 seasons (2006-16) and enters her second season with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League. Prior to joining Las Vegas, she spent two seasons with Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League (2014-15).

She spent three seasons (2011-13) as the trainer for Single-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League. Deb also served as trainer for Single-A Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League from 2009-10 and rookie-level Kingsport of the Appalachian League for three seasons (2006-08).

She was the assistant athletic trainer at Binghamton University for the women's soccer and baseball teams in 2005 and 2006. From 2004-05, she was the assistant athletic trainer at St. Bonaventure University for men's soccer, men's and women's swimming and baseball.

She graduated from Ithaca College in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She also received a Master's in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology from Ithaca College in 2003. She served as intern/graduate assistant with the Cornell University Athletic Department from 1998-2002. Iwanow is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association and is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA.

 

 

JOSH FIELDS - STRENGTH COACH

 

Josh begins his first season with the New York Mets organization as the strength coach for Triple-A Las Vegas. He was a strength coach in the L.A. Angels system for seven seasons (2009-15). He worked with Double-A Little Rock of the Texas League in 2009 and with Triple-A Salt Lake of the PCL from 2010-15. He also served as a strength intern with Single-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League in the Houston organization from 2007-08.

Fields received his bachelor of sciences degree in athletic training from Emory & Henry College in 2005 where he also played third base for the baseball team. He earned his master's degree in nutritional sciences from University of Kentucky (2008).