A couple of days ago, there was a great thing that happened where new Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda finally got to meet Sandy Koufax for the first time despite not knowing who Koufax happened to be. Well, that might have been the highlight of everything that transpired with Kofuax this training camp.
It’s now been made known that the 80-year old former Dodger and Hall of Fame pitcher is no longer affiliated with the team’s front office. He was a special adviser to team chairman Mark Walter, and he joined the organization back in 2013 after Walter and his crew took over ownership.
MLB.com first reported Koufax’s departure. Lon Rosen, the team’s chief marketing officer, told the website that the departure was “very amicable.”
The good news here is that there was no hostility with Koufax leaving the front office or anything like that. It sounds like both sides came to a mutual understanding and that was that. You definitely don’t want to see an organization and franchise alienate one of their greatest players, and it looks like the Dodgers avoided doing that.
There’s no word on what the famed left-handed pitcher will go on and do now, but it’s quite clear that he won’t have a hand anything that the front office decides to do from here on out, and he definitely won’t be acting as as special adviser anymore. He’s sure to be missed at least in some capacity.
Koufax finished his Dodgers career with 165 wins, three Cy Young awards, one Most Valuable Player Award, and 2396 strikeouts in 2324.1 innings. He also helped bring the team three World Series titles, and was named World Series MVP two times. He was, simply put, a legend.