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.