Sandy Koufax is officially a Dodger again.
The greatest pitcher in franchise history has been appointed a special advisor to Dodgers chairman Mark Walter, the team announced Tuesday. Koufax will attend a portion of spring training to work with Dodgers’ pitchers and consult with the team throughout the year.
“I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers,” Koufax said in a statement released by the team. “I’m looking forward to spending time with the team during Spring Training and to contributing in any way I can to help make the team a success for the fans of Los Angeles. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium.”
Koufax has generally shied from the public arena since his retirement, and aside from his spring training appearances, the new job will largely keep the 77-year-old out of the spotlight. His resumé includes work as a broadcaster for NBC from 1967-73, and a minor-league pitching coach for the Dodgers from 1979-90.
Koufax, who lives in Vero Beach, Florida, was a fixture at Dodgertown for decades and has included Camelback Ranch on his tour of Cactus League stops in recent years.
“The Dodgers are thrilled to have Sandy back with the organization,” team president Stan Kasten said in a statement. “Sandy’s experience and perspective will be invaluable as we endeavor to do everything in our power to bring the city of Los Angeles a World Series champion.”
“For our young players and our veterans to be able to tap Sandy’s expertise and counsel during Spring Training and throughout the season will provide yet another tremendous resource in our efforts to strengthen our club,” general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement.