The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday all expected players reported for Spring Training, which was two days prior to the first full squad workout. On Wednesday, the club announced two more arrivals in Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda.
Etched in Dodger lore, Koufax and his legendary left arm were returned to Spring Training as a special adviser to controlling owner Mark Walter in 2013. Last year, Koufax was again in camp with the Dodgers and suffered a scare after being struck on the head by an Andre Ethier line drive during batting practice.
Koufax received a CT scan and fortunately was cleared to resume instructing the Dodgers’ pitching staff. This spring he’ll have quiet the group of understudies who have plenty to prove in (most cases) their first season with the Dodgers.
Among them are starters Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, and multiple relief pitchers both on the 40-man roster and in camp on non-roster invites. With three Cy Young Awards, four World Series rings, four no-hitters, one NL MVP award and two World Series MVPs, Koufax’s presence and opinion is certainly welcomed.
Lasorda, winner of four National League pennants and two World Series during his days as manager of the Dodgers, has maintained a longtime presence with the organization as he regularly attends home games at Dodger Stadium.
Prior to the actual Lasorda arriving in Arizona, the bobblehead version, normally stationed in right field at Chavez Ravine, was transported to Camelback as part of the new amenities and attractions added to the Dodgers’ Spring Training home.
Along with Koufax and Lasorda being in camp to provide any guidance to players, fans presumably will have the opportunity to get their autographs as they make their way around the Camelback Ranch grounds.
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