December 2, 1987
Terry Collins, manager of the Dodgers' Albuquerque farm team in the Pacific Coast League, was selected minor league manager of the year by The Sporting News. Collins, 38, led the Dukes to an overall record of 77-65. They swept a three-game series from Las Vegas for the Southern Division championship and defeated Calgary, three games to one, for the PCL pennant.
August 1, 1989
From home plate here, above the 35 advertisements tacked to the outfield fence, John Shelby can see something he didn't see much with the Dodgers. It is the sky, against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, dwarfing Albuquerque Sports Stadium. Here, the players on the triple-A Dukes can see farther than they will ever be able to hit or throw. The open spaces are just what Shelby has been looking for.
May 2, 1991 |
The Dodgers signed Mickey Hatcher to a coaching contract Wednesday with their triple-A club in Albuquerque, N.M. Hatcher, 36, was waived March 24 after a 12-year major league career. He had hopes of signing somewhere as a pinch-hitter, but his Dodger contract stipulates he is a non-playing coach. He will join the Dukes Monday in Tucson.
April 27, 1988 |
Spring has sprung its share of heartache and bitterness for Mariano Duncan. For the last three seasons, one could find Duncan playing shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers, either awing people with his speed or perplexing them with his propensity to bobble grounders. Regardless, he was young, talented and loaded with potential.
July 18, 1987 |
In the eyes of the Albuquerque Dukes, fan and media criticism of that once-revered Class AAA Pacific Coast League team is no more than an exercise in itchy-finger pointing. With the parent Los Angeles Dodgers struggling, people are calling sports-talk shows, searching for answers, and some are focusing on the Dukes, suggesting that the club's primary farm club is not doing its job. According to Duke manager Terry Collins, that's a spin-the-bottle game of accusations.
September 12, 1991 |
The Dodgers' player development system received another blow Wednesday when Manager Kevin Kennedy resigned because he was not going to be reassigned to triple-A Albuquerque, sources said. Kennedy, who was named minor league manager of the year in 1990 by Baseball America, had completed his fourth season at Albuquerque. He was reportedly at odds with farm director Charlie Blaney because Kennedy wanted to develop players while Blaney emphasized winning.