Shelby enters first year with Isotopes as hitting coach

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – John Shelby had quite the career as a player and plans to impart knowledge to all willing to learn on the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Shelby is in his first season with the Isotopes as a hitting coach who previously worked for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-2015. He was an outfield instructor for the Brewers and oversaw the team’s defense.

As a player, Shelby won a pair of World Series Championships with the Orioles and Dodgers. He had a 16 season career with 11 of those seasons in the Majors.

Despite all of his vast experience, Shelby comes across as a very humble man who just likes to be around the game.

When asked what would be his stamp on the team, Shelby said he is not interested in leaving a stamp. He wants all of the players to be themselves and be good at it.

“You know they are going to listen to what I have to say,” said Shelby. “They know that I have played and coached before. Anything I can help them with, I am going to help them to improve. I really don’t want to make them into what I want them to be. I want them to be who they are and be very good at it.”

Shelby also made it clear that he is very fond of his nickname, T-bone.

The Isotopes open the season with an eight game road trip, starting in Tacoma Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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