The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that they will honor the team’s on of the franchise’s all-time greats, Luis, Lopez, on Sat., Sept. 19. Lopez, who played in Bridgeport from 2008 to 2014, is the team’s all-time hits leader with 905. He also holds franchise career marks in games played (898), at-bats (3,338), doubles (149), extra-base hits (208), RBIs (469) and walks (400).
Lopez spent parts of two seasons in the majors, appearing in 41 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001 and 11 games with the Montreal Expos in 2004. In 52 career MLB games, Lopez hit .228 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Overall, the 20-year pro has appeared in 2,227 career minor league games, owning a .290 batting average, scored 1,144 runs, banged 175 home runs, and driven in 1,283 runs.
“It’s a privilege for us to celebrate an accomplished player such as Luis,” says Bluefish General Manager Jamie Toole. “He has made a positive impact with the Bluefish organization the city of Bridgeport and the entire Southern Connecticut area. We are excited to be a part of this special moment in his life.”
Lopez’s No. 19 jersey will be retired prior to the Sept. 19 contest with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs—the next-to-last regular-season game of the 2015 season. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m., with gates opening 5:05 p.m.
’Fish Acquire Infielder
In addition, the Bluefish announced today that they have acquired middle infielder Jeudy Valdez. A 10-year pro, this will be Valez’s first venture into the Atlantic League. This season, Valdez has played with Laredo of the independent American Association and Washington of the independent Frontier League, and has hit .256 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 69 games. He has also scored 36 runs and stolen 19 bases. Last year, he split time between High-A Lake Elsinore of the California League in the San Diego Padres organization, and with the Tennessee Smokies of the AA Southern League, a Chicago Cubs affiliate.
The 26-year-old Valez began his professional career in 2006 with the Dominican Summer League Padres. He spent eight years in the San Diego organization, reaching as high as AA before being traded to the Chicago Cubs organization in 2014. Overall, Valdez has hit .249 with 68 home runs, 400 RBIs, 460 runs scored, and 162 stolen bases in 871 career minor league games.
“We’re excited to have Jeudy on the team during our final stretch of the season,” said Bluefish manager Ricky VanAsselberg, who collected his 500th career victory Wednesday night in Sugar Land, Tex. “He’s got great speed and amazing defensive ability.”
The Bluefish, at 21-18, are in a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic League’s Liberty Division with the Long Island Ducks and Somerset Patriots, and must win the second-half outright in order to qualify for a postseason berth. The ’Fish are currently in Sugar Land, Tex., where they are facing the Skeeters. Tonight, they will be playing their fourth in a seven-game series in the heart of Texas. The entire Sugar Land series is being streamed on ESPN3. Tonight’s game is slated to start at 7:45 p.m. ET. Bridgeport returns home on Mon., Aug. 24, when they open a seven-game homestand against Long Island. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 203-210-BLUE, visiting the Bluefish box 0ffice at Harbor Yard, or by CLICKING HERE.