Lopez happy since leaving Nationals
Diamondbacks second baseman Felipe Lopez has been productive with the bat ever since he was released by the Nationals on July 31 2008.
Lopez went to the Cardinals in August of that year, hitting .377 and played a lot of positions for manager Tony LaRussa, including left field and first base After the season, Lopez signed with the Diamondbacks and was hitting .303 with three home runs and seven RBIs entering Friday’s action.
Lopez credits LaRussa for turning his career around. He went so far as to call LaRussa the best manager he ever played for.
“He is really a professional. I never played for a manager who gets the most out of players just by talking to you,” Lopez said. “It was weird. It was like he was a major in psychology or something. He is the man.
“Being around guys like Albert Pujols, really the whole team, they are all about winning. There is none of this negative stuff of who is going to start or this negative stuff that I was experiencing in Washington.”
Nationals manager Manny Acta declined to talk about Lopez in detail.
“I have no idea why [he wasn’t productive for the Nationals],” Acta said. “We played him and we tried our best. He is doing real well right now. I wish him well — him and his family. I’m happy with the way Anderson Hernandez is playing.”