Lorenzo Bundy Officially Introduced as 'Topes Skipper

Lorenzo Bundy becomes the fourth manager in 'Topes history

February 10, 2011 12:07 PM

Lorenzo Bundy,, 51, takes over as manager of the Albuquerque Isotopes, becoming the fourth skipper in the history of the franchise. This season will be his 10th as a Minor League manager after amassing a career record of 528-568 in nine seasons in the Montreal (1990-93), Florida (1997), and Los Angeles organizations.

Last year, Bundy guided the Rookie-Level Arizona League Dodgers to a 30-25 record in his first season back with the Dodgers after serving as first base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009. In 2007-08, Bundy managed Triple-A Las Vegas, then in the Dodgers chain, to a record of 141-146 and was initially supposed to be at the helm of the 'Topes in 2009 before getting the position with the D-Backs. Bundy also saw Major League coaching time with Arizona in 2004 as bench coach, with the Marlins as outfield/base-running coach in 1998, and as bullpen coach for the Colorado Rockies in 1999. He also spent two seasons (2000-01) as the Rockies' outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Bundy spent four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization (2003-06), serving as the hitting instructor for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders from 2004-06. In 2006, he helped the Sidewinders compile the best record in Triple-A baseball with a mark of 91-53 and capture both the PCL Championship and the inaugural Triple-A National Championship Game. That year Tucson led the PCL with a .289 team batting average and 844 runs scored. Prior to joining the Sidewinders, Bundy spent the 2003 campaign as hitting coach for the Double-A El Paso Diablos, who led the Texas League with a .282 team batting average. In 2002 Bundy served as hitting instructor for Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization.

He began his career in 1989 as a player-coach with Double-A Jacksonville and in 1990, Bundy began his managerial career by guiding rookie-level Bradenton in the Expos chain to the Gulf Coast League Southern Division title but lost in the championship series. He also served as hitting coach for Brevard County from 1995-96.

Bundy is also a veteran of the Mexican Pacific League, where he's managed every winter since 1991. He won the Mexican Pacific League championship for Novojoa during the 1999 season and has twice been named the league's Manager of the Year. The last three winters, Bundy has managed for Mazatlan, who he led to a league championship in 2008.

A standout first baseman for James Madison University, where he still ranks second on the school's all-time home run list with 36 in a season, Bundy signed with Texas as a non-drafted free agent in 1981 and also spent time in the Pittsburgh and Montreal farm systems. In eight seasons in the minor leagues, he compiled a .318 batting average with 135 home runs, and 535 RBI.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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