The first 50,000 fans in attendance at tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies received a letter composed by Vin Scully. This is what it looked like:
And here is the complete text of the letter:
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Scott Kazmir was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving the Dodgers 39 players on their active roster for tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
The 40th man, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, is on the 15-day disabled list. He threw a 75-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. This afternoon, McCarthy threw a bullpen session and manager Dave Roberts said he will be activated from the DL before the regular season ends a week from Sunday.
That means the Dodgers will have a full complement of 40 players on the active roster. That’s a rarity in September, and perhaps the Dodgers will be unique in that regard in MLB.
In any event, it will be a logistical nightmare if all 40 players are asked to fit inside the visiting clubhouses in San Diego and San Francisco, where the Dodgers end the season next week.
The Dodgers were annoying, or good, or maybe both in a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig hopes to play in the Dominican Winter League, which starts play in October and ends in December. Puig is beginning to do more to help the Dodgers than hurt them, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley has been selected as this year’s winner of the annual Roy Campanella Award.
Utley, 37, began the day batting .253 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 74 runs scored in 130 games this season.
The award is given annually to the Dodgers player “who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership” of the late Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella. The award is voted on by the Dodgers’ uniformed personnel, players, and coaches. The award has been given out every year since 2006.
Utley will be presented with the award prior to Saturday’s game.