Nancy Bea Hefley will retire as the Dodgers’ organist after this weekend. The Dodgers made the announcement prior to their game against the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Dodgers chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said that no decision has been made as to whether the team will re-hire a new organist, as Hefley only informed the team of her decision within the last few days.
Hefley was feted on the field prior to tonight’s game. Broadcaster and retired pitcher Orel Hershiser presented a bouquet of flowers to Hefley, who was joined by her family to announce “it’s time for Dodger baseball” over the public address system.
Here’s more from a team press release:
The Dodgers might get Yasiel Puig back this weekend, though manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t say in what capacity.
The suddenly, stunningly logical conclusion is that he will be in uniform and able to play at some point against the San Diego Padres. Puig hasn’t played since he strained his right hamstring on Aug. 27, but has been running at 100 percent this week and playing in instructional league games in Glendale, Arizona.
“He’s been able to run the last two days,” Mattingly said. “Played the field two days in a row.”
Friday, Mattingly said that Puig walked, singled, played a ground ball in right field and threw it back to the infield. Most significantly, Puig tried to steal a base three times. The first two times, the batter fouled off the pitch. On his third attempt, Puig was successful.
Asked if there are any steps remaining in Puig’s rehab, Mattingly said “it doesn’t seem like it.”
The Dodgers might not know by Sunday whether or not they will begin the National League Division Series at home or on the road.
Rain forced the postponement of the New York Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Friday. For now, a 10 a.m./ 4 p.m. doubleheader has been scheduled for Saturday. However, there is a 70 percent chance of rain (along with winds up 30 mph) in the local forecast for Saturday, which could threaten the doubleheader.
The Mets and Dodgers have identical 89-70 records. The Dodgers must finish at least one game ahead of the Mets in order to host games 1, 2 and 5; otherwise those games will be played in New York with games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles.
An MLB spokesperson relayed via email that “our general policy is that if the games are meaningful, then all 162 games have to be played.” In other words, if the Mets have to play Monday to determine home-field advantage for the NLDS, they will.
Howie Kendrick slides in safely under the tag of Giants catcher Trevor Brown in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Thursday. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Anderson collected two more bonus checks Thursday, made a strong final case to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series, and drew the Dodgers one game closer to home-field advantage to begin the series by beating the Giants. The box score is here.
For Mets manager Terry Collins, the Dodger ties run deep, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
In today’s notebook: Yasiel Puig‘s recovery, the television show filming that interrupted Anderson’s warmups, and how the Giants’ two retiring pitchers helped a pair of Dodgers.
Zach Lee is a two-time Branch Rickey minor league player of the year award winner. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Zach Lee and Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively, on Thursday.
Lee, 24, has appeared in 22 games this season — one with the Dodgers — with the majority coming at Triple-A. He also won the award in 2013.
Verdugo, 19, opened the season at Single-A Great Lakes and ended it at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Both players will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday to receive their award prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Diego Padres. Here’s more from a Dodgers press release: