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Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers

Jan 22, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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For as long as I can recall, Sandy Koufax has shown up at Mets spring training to do a little coaching of Mets pitchers and a little meet-and-greet kind of thing each year.  This owing to his friendship with Mets owner Fred Wilpon.

I wonder if that’s all over, because the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that Koufax has been hired as a special assistant to chairman Mark Walter, to work with Dodgers pitchers in Spring Training and to serve as a consultant throughout the year.

A nice move for the Dodgers, both substantively and for p.r. purposes, and, with all due respect to the Mets, a much more appropriate team for Sandy Koufax to associate himself with each spring.

  1. stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I’m sure there must be some reason. Because on the surface it looks like the Dodgers are 50 years late on the most obvious PR move in the history of California MLB. The man was spectacularly popular in the ’60’s.

    • castillo_ken - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      He had been a special adviser to the Dodgers since he retired so its not 50 years too late. What happened is that in February of 2003 when Fox owned the Dodgers their New York Post published an article which accused Koufax of being Gay. He took offense to the article and quit. Though the Post posted an apology and retracted the story he vowed not to be involve with the Dodgers as long as Fox owed them. Flash forward to McCourt and Koufax knew the slimey lying hack this guy was, he accepted to participate in Dodger events but was never offered a job by the hack.

      • stex52 - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        That explains a lot. It was just too obvious a move not to have been made decades ago.

        I can see the Post headline:

        ” Koufax is Gay! Not That There Is Anything Wrong With That!” :-)

      • chucklewis13 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Thanks for bringing some clarity to the situation. Koufax has always been a class act and I am certain he will bring a lot to the organization. Whereas I have always been a die hard Yankee fan, I have always admired Koufax from afar.

      • badintent - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        McCourt , Murdoch and their little dirty henchmen. Murdoch will tell the Post editor to sell papers with BS stories to make more $$$ to buy his Dragon Wife more shiny things.The guy is so cold blooded , he hung his own son out to dangle in the wind from a long rope.. Sandy had a couple of failed marriages but he and Drysdalr owned LA for chicks back in the 60;s. Oy Vey !!,Not Gay ! Pass the chop liver and bagels !

  2. devlnri - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Why would it be a much more appropriate team? Like the person above said: “Dodgers are 50 years late on the most obvious PR move in the history of California”

    Ive seen Sandy at Mets spring training for years now.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Sandy Koufax spends a part of every Spring Training with the Dodgers coaching their pitchers. I think he also spends some time in the minor leagues checking out the talent.

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        I trust your information about Koufax more than anyone. You must’ve known he was practically unhittable with a repertoire of fastballs. There’s been nobody like him since, not even guys who juiced like Clemens. I was very young when he retired but I know him and Don Drysdale formed one of the best 1-2 punches ever. The Dodgers need a boost, especially with the Giants one of the premier teams in baseball.

  3. sabatimus - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Due respect to the Mets? I wasn’t aware they were due any.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      To get respect you have to earn respect. Ask Rodney Dangerfield: he’ll tell ya.

  4. swu32733 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Sandy Koufax was the greatest most unhitable pitcher in my lifetime. He was in a word “awesome”.

  5. 6stn - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    From 1963-66, there was Koufax. Marichal, Gibson, Maloney, Chance, Ford, had great seasons, but they were in the “Everybody Else” category.

  6. westcoastredbird - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Dodgers kicking the tires on Koufax. A lefthander with a pulse. I see Loogy written all over this!

  7. mazblast - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Koufax is a Brooklyn guy and may have known Wilpon for a long time. Despite that, it was always weird thinking of him being associated with any team besides the Dodgers.

  8. naturalwonders - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Many Major League pitchers have come and gone, but there was only one Sandy Koufax. What a pity he had to retire at age 30. If he could have pitched as long as Nolan Ryan, imagine the numbers he might have put up!

  9. hushbrother - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    The Mets finally have a no-hitter. Koufax isn’t needed anymore. His mission was accomplished.

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