Isotopes name Wallach New Manager

A familiar name in baseball circles will take the helm for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009. The team named former Dodgers third baseman and hitting coach Tim Wallach manager. At the same time, the Dodgers announced that former Dodgers first baseman Franklin Stubbs will be the hitting coach at Inland Empire.

Lorenzo Bundy, who had been named 'Topes manager in late October, was tabbed in December to coach first base in 2009 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I'm thrilled to welcome both Tim and Franklin back to the Dodger family," said Dodger Assistant General Manager of Player Development De Jon Watson who made the announcement.

"These two have seen it all in their playing careers and it's our hope that their knowledge, experience, and winning history will rub off on our young players right away."

Wallach, a veteran of 17 Major League seasons with the Montreal Expos (1980-1992), Los Angeles Dodgers (1993-1996) and California Angels (1996), retired with 2,085 hits, 260 career home runs and 1,125 RBIs. He was named to the National League All-Star Team five times and was a three-time Gold Glove winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Wallach led the National League with 42 doubles in 1987 and 1989.

Having retired following the 1996 season, Wallach was named hitting instructor for Class A San Bernadino in 1997 and stepped in as manager of the team for the second half of the 1898 season. He spent the 2000 season coaching at Cal State-Fullerton (his alma mater) before taking over as manager of the Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels) in 2001.

Wallach was the hitting coach for the Dodgers at the Major League level under Jim Tracy in 2004 and 2005.

A California native, Wallach led Cal State-Fullerton to the 1979 College World Series title and earned that year's Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the nation's top amateur player.

Wallach led the 1979 Cal State Fullerton Titans to the College World Series title and earned Series MVP honors that season, while also being named the 1979 College Player of the Year by The Sporting News and the 1979 Golden Spikes Award winner as the top amateur player in America.  He and his wife Lori have three sons, Matthew, Brett and Chad.

Matt Wallach, 22, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 22nd round of the June 2007 First-Year Player Draft and has spent the last two seasons playing for the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors. The younger Wallach has hit .288 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 83 games, primarily as a catcher.  

Stubbs, 48, was a first round pick of the Dodgers in 1982 and played first base for Los Angeles from 1984-89. He was a key member of the 1988 World Series champions, playing in 115 games that season while batting .294 with two doubles and two RBI in the Fall Classic. In his career, the North Carolina native hit 104 home runs and played in 945 games over 10 seasons for the Dodgers, Astros (1990), Brewers (1991-92), and Tigers (1995). His best season came in 1990, when he hit a career-high tying 23 homers and drove in a career-best 71 runs.  

After his playing career, Stubbs joined the Atlanta Braves organization in 1997 as a coach for the Rookie-level Danville Braves. Following that season, he managed the Single-A Danville 97's in 1998 and served as the Braves' minor league hitting instructor from 1999-2002.  

In 2003 and 2004, Stubbs was a roving instructor for Atlanta, before becoming a coach at Single-A Myrtle Beach from 2005-06.  The past two seasons, the former Dodger first baseman has been the hitting coach for the Braves' Double-A affiliate, the Mississippi Braves. The 2009 season will mark Stubbs' 22nd season in professional baseball.