Davey Lopes was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 1968 MLB January Draft. Lopes made his Major League debut for the Dodgers on September 22, 1972, against the San Francisco Giants and was 0 for 5 in that game. He recorded his first hit on a single to right field off of the Giants Jim Barr on September 24, 1972. His first home run was hit on May 13, 1973, also against Barr.
Lopes spent nine seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers as their regular second baseman. Along with Steve Garvey (1B), Bill Russell (SS) and Ron Cey (3B), which stayed together for eight and a half seasons.
Used in the leadoff role most of his career, Lopes was one of the most effective base stealers in baseball's modern era. His 557 career stolen bases ranks 26th all-time.
In a 16-season career, Lopes posted a .263 batting average with 155 home runs and 614 runs batted in in 1,812 games played. He played in four All-Star Games and four World Series.
Lopes retired as a player at the end of the 1987 season and entered the coaching ranks in 1992 as he coached first base for the Baltimore Orioles from 1992 to 1994 and the San Diego Padres from 1995 to 1999. He was then hired as the Milwaukee Brewers manager in 2000 where He managed for 3 seasons compiling a 144-195 record. In 2003, Lopes rejoined the Padres as first base coach for 2003 to 2005 and then held the same position with the Washington Nationals in 2006 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2007 to 2010.
On November 22, 2010 Lopes was named the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position he held through the 2015 season. On November 5, 2015, he was named the first base coach of the Washington Nationals where re remained until retiring from coaching after the 2017 season.