Juan López (baseball)

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Juan López
Bullpen coach
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Juan Enrique "Porky" Lopez (born November 12, 1962 in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) is the former bullpen coach for the Cincinnati Reds. Lopez is also a former bullpen catcher.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Lopez was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1983. Lopez played six seasons in the minor leagues for the Indians, Houston Astros, and San Francisco Giants organizations.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Lopez started his coaching career as a minor league coach for the Giants extended spring training in 1990. He coached for the Giants Rookie Class Scottsdale from 1991-93. He coached at Class A Everett in 1994, and at Class A Bellingham, at Scottsdale, and at Class AAA Phoenix in 1995. He was a coaching assistant for the Giants in 1996, bullpen catcher from 1997–98, and bullpen coach from 1999–2002, where he worked under Dusty Baker. Lopez followed Baker to the Chicago Cubs in 2003, working as the bullpen catcher from 2003-06. Following the departure of Baker, Lopez left the Cubs and was the manager of the New York Mets Gulf Coast League team in 2007. On October 30, 2007, he joined Baker once again as the Cincinnati Reds bullpen coach.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lopez graduated from Nicolas Sevilla High School in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico in 1978. He played baseball at Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, Arizona. He is married to his wife Flor Sanchez. They have three children: Jack Lopez, Aleimalee, and Johnnielee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Juan Lopez Minor League". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Coaches and Staff". MLB. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Juan Lopez". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 15 August 2014.