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Ex-Duke Stubbs Joins Isotopes Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Dishman Will Again Be Pitching Coach

Franklin Stubbs is heading back to the Duke City in a baseball uniform.

The former Albuquerque Duke power hitter was named new hitting coach of the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday.

The parent Los Angeles Dodgers and Isotopes also announced that Lorenzo Bundy will return as Albuquerque manager for the third season and Glenn Dishman will be back as pitching coach.

“We’re excited to have someone of Franklin’s stature join our club,” said Isotopes general manager John Traub. “I think it’s pretty cool to have somebody with a connection with the Dukes, and who had success playing here for three seasons.”

Stubbs, 52, a 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 32 homers and 93 RBI in 1985. Stubbs, a first baseman and outfielder, had a 10-year big-league career, including stints with the Dodgers (1984-89), Astros (1990), Brewers (1991-92) and Tigers (1995). He hit 104 homers and had 348 RBIs in 945 games.

Stubbs served as the hitting coach at Double-A Chattanooga for the past two seasons. He succeeds John Valentin, who has been named the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach.

Bundy and Dishman led the Isotopes to the 2012 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. Bundy was named PCL Manager of the Year.

This will be Bundy’s 12th season as a minor league manager, having been in organizations with Montreal (1990-94), Florida (1997) and the Dodgers (2007-08, 2010-present).

Bundy, 53, has a 678-706 career record and is 150-138 with the Isotopes.

Dishman, 42, embarks on this third full season with Albuquerque and fourth overall (he joined the club mid-way through the 2010 season).

“We’re thrilled to have Lo back,” Traub said on Monday. “He’s one of the best baseball people in our industry, and one of the finest gentleman I’ve worked with. He has a proven track record of developing young talent and getting them ready for the major leagues.”

As far as Dishman, Traub said “it was awesome to see the success our pitchers had last year, and a lot is due to Dish’s tutelage. It’s just exciting to have those guys back.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal