BREAKING NEWS!! Well, not really… but still something that technically qualifies as news. After making his debut and playing with uniform number 48 in September, Dodgers rookie second baseman Gavin Lux will be switching to number 9 in 2020.
No word as to why he made the change, but the question will assuredly be answered during spring training.
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Most recently, jersey number 9 was worn by the since-retired Kristopher Negron. Before that, non-roster infielder Daniel Castro sported the number for a short time in spring training last season.
Perhaps most famously, Wally Moon wore the number in the early Los Angeles days of the Dodgers franchise. Of course, former Dodger Yasmani Grandal hit 89 home runs over 4 seasons in Los Angeles wearing that particular number. That home run total of 89 is the most by a player wearing the number 9 in the history of the franchise.
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Of other recent rookies to make the switch between seasons, (now former Dodger) Alex Verdugo made his MLB debut wearing 61 over parts of two seasons before switching to 27 just before opening day in 2019.
All told, Lux retires the number 48 with a career .240/.305/.400 triple slash line, recording 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 23 games.
Importantly, at least one MLB pundit predicts that Lux will win the Rookie of the Year award in 2020. If he does, he’ll at least partially have this new uni number to thank.
And there’s everything you’ll ever need to know about Dodgers in the uniform number 9. Apologies to Dee Gordon fans.