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Legendary Brooklyn Dodger Roger Craig Passes Away at 93

Over the weekend, the Dodger family lost a legend with the passing of three time World Series champ Roger Craig. He was 93 years old.

The Brooklyn legend was part of dem bums’ only championship on the east coast. He was also a key member of the starting rotation for the first Los Angeles title in 1959. Craig debuted as a 25-year-old in 1955 and pitched for the Dodgers for the next seven seasons posting a 49-38 record with a 3.73 ERA over 187 games (103 starts). He pitched for the Mets, Cardinals, Reds, and Phillies before retiring after the 1966 season.

Where he most made his mark on the game of baseball was with the perfection of the split finger fastball (more commonly called the splitter these days) during his days as a big league pitching coach in the 1980s. He also managed the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants for parts of 10 seasons, leading the Giants to an NL Pennant in 1989.

Here Burdi Burdi

Reliever Zack Burdi, who was DFA’d over the weekend to clear room on the roster for another reliever, Ricky Vanasco, has cleared waivers and will remain with the Dodgers Triple-A club.

Burdi has pitched in parts of three seasons at the big league level, posting an 8.44 ERA in 18 games with the White Sox, Orioles, and Rays. He got into one game at Triple-A OKC and tossed a scoreless inning.

Working Woes at Dodger Stadium

For the second consecutive season, there are labor issues brewing at Dodger Stadium. The LA Times reported this weekend that a group of about 500 game day employees are threatening to go on strike if their demands aren’t met. The demands? A wage raise of 43% to 45% over five years and an increase in the employer’s healthcare contribution from the Dodgers. The group includes ushers, groundskeepers, and security staff.

Another ask of the union? To be treated fairly again.

“We want the Dodgers to start treating us again like family,” Irene Aguilar said. “Start treating us workers like family. It just seems like, you know, they’re in charge and we’re their workers. … “We feel like they’re not listening to our voices,” Aguilar said. “And we just want our voices to be heard.”

Via LA Times

Whether this issue can be resolved before a strike appears to be up to the Dodgers. The union has been operating without a contract since February 1.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. Under Clint's leadership as the Lead Editor, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. Find him online on Twitter/X or his YouTube channel!

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