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.”
Sandy Koufax was a surprise visitor to Camelback Ranch today. A surprise, at least, to some in the media room.
Koufax — who rarely gives interviews –blind-sided this member of the media by giving a brief interview in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, so we’ll credit Eric Stephen of truebluela.com for providing these words from the great lefty’s mouth:
On the Dodgers’ impending change in ownership:
“You’re sad to see it going through this kind of change. Change is inevitable, but this is not the normal way it happens.”
On whether Clayton Kershaw (Koufax watched Kershaw’s bullpen session Friday) has a ceiling:
“No. How do you make up a ceiling? His only ceiling is time. How long he will play, you don’t know. But as far as talent is concerned, no.
“If he’s as good as I think he’s going to be, I’m honored.”