The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that Lorenzo Bundy will return for his third season as the Albuquerque Isotopes' field manager next season. Pitching Coach Glenn Dishman will also return to Albuquerque and former Albuquerque Dukes first baseman Franklin Stubbs joins the 'Topes for his first season as Albuquerque's Hitting Coach.
Under Bundy, the 2012 Isotopes won the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division with an 80-64 record, tying the franchise single season mark for most victories. The club also established a franchise-high 48 home wins last season. The 2012 PCL Manager of the Year became just the fourth Albuquerque skipper (second for the Isotopes) to take home the award since its creation in 1967. Bundy, the 2011 PCL All-Star Team manager, starts his 12th season as a minor league manager with stints in Montreal (1990-94), Florida (1997) and Los Angeles organizations (2007-08, 2010-present). Bundy, 53, boasts a 678-706 career record overall and a 150-138 mark leading the Isotopes.
Dishman, 42, embarks on this third full season with Albuquerque and fourth overall in the role (he joined the club mid-way through the 2010 season). Members of Dishman's staff lead the PCL in wins (John Ely, 14) and saves (Josh Wall, 28) last season. Ely, compiled the greatest pitching performance in Isotopes history under Dishman's direction, becoming only the third person in PCL history to capture the pitching Triple Crown. The Dodgers Minor League Pitcher of the Year also earned the Pacific Coast League's mid-season and post-season All-Star accolades. Aside from Albuquerque, Dishman served as pitching coach at Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers (2010), Double-A Chattanooga (2009) and Jacksonville (2008), Single-A Great Lakes (2007), Vero Beach (2006) and Columbus (2005). Dishman spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for San Diego (1995-96), Philadelphia (1996), and Detroit (1997). He compiled a 5-10 career record with a 5.25 ERA in 33 games (21 starts).
Stubbs, 52, returns to the Duke City as hitting coach, after spending three seasons in the Dodgers organization as a player from 1983-85. The North Carolina native was drafted by Los Angeles in the first round of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft. A member of the 1988 World Series Champion Dodgers, Stubbs spent three seasons (1983-85) with the Dukes and made his Major League debut in 1984. In 237 career games with the Dukes, Stubbs compiled a .275 batting average with 54 home runs and 175 RBI, including a fantastic 1985 campaign of 32 homers and 93 RBI. The first baseman and outfielder's 10-year Major League career included stints with the Dodgers (1984-89), Astros (1990), Brewers (1991-92) and Tigers (1995). He belted 104 career Major League home runs and had 348 RBI in 945 games.
He previously served as the hitting coach at Double-A Chattanooga for the past two seasons. Chattanooga's 2012 offense ranked first in the Southern League in walks (557) and doubles (262), second in triples (42), and third in runs scored (621), RBI (569) and total bases (1772). Stubbs' experience includes time as the hitting for coach the Double-A and Single-A Braves (2005-08), Single-A Dodgers (2009-10), a roving instructor and hitting instructor in the Braves organization (1998-2004), as well as a manager and coach for the Single-A and Rookie-level Braves (1997-98). He succeeds John Valentin, who has previously been named the Dodgers' assistant hitting coach for next season.
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