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Isotopes Announce 2023 Coaching Staff; Pedro Lopez Named Manager

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January 13, 2023 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)Albuquerque Isotopes News Release

The Albuquerque Isotopes, in conjunction with the Colorado Rockies, today announced their 2023 coaching staff,
including the promotion of Pedro Lopez to manager and the return of Jordan Pacheco as hitting coach.


Joining Lopez and Pacheco in the dugout will be Bench Coach Bobby Meacham and Pitching Coach Chris Michalak
(pronounced muh-HALL-ick.

Lopez, the eighth manager in Isotopes history, begins his third year and third different role with the Isotopes after
serving as Albuquerque’s hitting coach in 2021 and bench coach in 2022. The Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, native is entering
his 19th year as a Minor League manager and second at the Triple-A level (2017, Las Vegas) after stints in the Texas
Rangers (2001-05, 2007) and New York Mets (2011-19) farm systems. Over his 19 seasons at the helm, Lopez has a 979-
977 overall record and appeared in seven playoffs, including winning the Double-A Eastern League Championship in
2014 with the Binghamton Mets. As a player, Lopez was drafted in the 21st round by San Diego in the 1988 MLB First-
Year Player Draft and played 13 Minor League seasons with the Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros,
reaching Triple-A on four occasions.

Meacham joins the Isotopes after serving on the Philadelphia Phillies staff as an assistant coach from 2020-June 2022.

This will be Meacham’s third stint with the Rockies organization as he served as the hitting coach for the Triple-A
Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 1993 and a Minor League infield instructor in 2005. He has spent 10 seasons on Major
League coaching staffs with the Florida Marlins (2006), San Diego Padres (2007), Yankees (2008), Houston Astros (2009-
12) and Phillies. Meacham has also managed for 13 Minor League seasons, including four years at Triple-A, with the
Kansas City Royals (1992), Pittsburgh Pirates (1994-95), Anaheim Angels (2002-04) and Toronto Blue Jays (2013-19). The
Los Angeles native was selected 8th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1981 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of San
Diego State University, where he helped get Tony Gwynn onto the baseball team. Meacham was then traded to the New
York Yankees in 1982 and batted .236 as a shortstop for the Bronx Bombers from 1983-88. Meacham was also the
manager on the 1995 Calgary Cannons, whose Public Relations Director was Isotopes General Manager John Traub.

Pacheco, an Albuquerque native, will return for his second season as…

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