He’s not a Hall of Famer, or even part of MLB’s imaginary hall of very good, but at Dodger Stadium, the man is a legend… and rightfully so.
Former Dodgers great Andre Ethier has been active around baseball since officially retiring in 2018. While he’s spent time with the team in spring training in recent seasons, he’s also been a frequent caller onto AM570 LA’s Dodger Talk program with Dave Vassegh.
In a recent visit, Captain Clutch shared a really cool secret that keeps his old stomping grounds close to home.
Here’s what the slugger had to say.
I do have a batting cage [Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer] Lon Rosen got [team photographer] Jon Soo Hoo to go take a photo of the outfield wall from home plate — a real high-resolution photo — and then I blew it up and wallpapered my entire wall in my batting cage in my garage to have the outfield wall, grandstands, the trees, the skyline of Dodger Stadium so when get out there I can still feel like I’m in Dodger Stadium.
Number 16 played his entire 12-year MLB career with the Dodgers, appearing in 1,455 games and posting a career weighted run created plus (wRC+) of 122. Of his LA accolades, he also played in 14 postseason series with the club and notably drove in the only Dodger run in their 2017 World Series game 7 loss at home — his final big league game.
He’s also 8th all time on the franchise doubles list with 303.
The now 38-year-old Ethier — who celebrated the big 3-8 on Friday — will forever be a beloved character in Dodger lore. Stories like these just cement that legacy.