Baseball greats that were briefly on the Dodgers

I was watching the MLB Network show 30-30 about the New York Yankees and it showed David Wells.  I  was thinking that he might have been a Dodger but I couldn’t remember for sure.  Another guy was the HOF member Ricky Henderson.  I looked both of them up and found that they both ended their careers as a Dodger.  There are lots of players in this category but they were on the Dodgers so briefly that it is hard to remember them in Dodger blue.

I can remember a few more but I thought this might be a good topic for the OTD community.  Who are the giants of the game who became a Dodger near or at the end of their career?  What do you remember about their time in LA?

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74 Responses to Baseball greats that were briefly on the Dodgers

  1. enchantedbeaver says:

    OK, anyone remember Boog Powell was a Dodger? OK, maybe not a “great”, but it was the Booger.

    How about Juan Marichal?

    Eddie Murray

    Willie Randolph

    Fred McGriff

    Nomar

    Maddux (X2)

    • 32and53fan says:

      Bill “Moose” Skowron was in the Boog Powell category. He was a five time All-Star with the Yankees before he was traded to the Dodgers for pitcher Stan Williams in 1962. He batted .385 against his former teammates in the 1963 World Series.

  2. nellyjune says:

    When I first read the question, the first name that came to mind was Jeff Kent, and it had nothing to do with his play but his personality (which I didn’t care for), both playing for the Dodgers and the Gnats) I did think of Nomar, but enchanted already mentioned him.
    .
    As for the team on the field right now, Mark Ellis just might end up on that list.

    • 32and53fan says:

      …except for the fact that Ellis is not that well known, let alone a great or even a very good player. Kent and Nomar were Dodgers for quite a while. I was thinking more of players who were famous and barely played enough for the Dodgers to have anyone really remember that they were actually there. Someone like Jim Thome. It would be like Willie Mays as a Met.

  3. Steve Finley, Wells, Roberts, Alex “Gonzo” Gonzalez, Kenny Lofton, Maddux, Konerko, Ausmus, Jim Thome

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I remember David Wells pitching for the Dodgers a few years ago at a game I attended at Citi Field. He pitched well that night.

  5. JhallWally says:

    Babe Ruth…..

    Gary Carter…

  6. colliethec says:

    Hello everybody! Thanks Nelly for the birthday wishes on here the other day Nelly! It was a great couple of days & Wifey hooked me up with a new Nakona glove!!

    Has anybody seen that Hairston has a shoulder injury from last season that’s still bothering him?

    For one thing… that’s lame that he didn’t disclose this before the Dodgers signed him and another is that’s a typical Ned & Stan move. How did he pass his physical? 5 throwing errors in 10 games?!!

    & if it ends up he told them he was hurting and they still signed him then they really need to be questioned.

    Here is the link…

    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120324&content_id=27580710&vkey=news_la&c_id=la

    • nellyjune says:

      I read that! It seems to me the Dodgers training staff isn’t actually doing physicals themselves. The Dodgers have had way too many players fall through the cracks on the Dodgers dime. Stan needs to be shown the door shortly after (if not the same day) as Ned.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Ned’s the only guy I know that could kick 4 flat tires and still buy the car.

      I hope to hell that the new owner cans his ass right away and hires a new GM that isn’t afraid to throw Neddy’s trash away, contract or no.

  7. nellyjune says:

    Jhall – Congrats to your Buckeyes for getting to the Final Four!

  8. grizzy says:

    Frank Robinson
    Rocky Colivito

    • 32and53fan says:

      I forgot about Rocky Colavito being a Dodger in 1968.
      Wikipedia: “Colavito was the fifth player in American League history to have eleven consecutive 20-home run seasons (1956–66), exceeding 40 home runs three times and 100 runs batted in six times during that span; he also led the AL in home runs, RBI and slugging average once each.”
      Of course 1968 was pretty forgettable for the Dodgers except for Drysdale’s scoreless innings streak.

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    Al Oliver
    Bill Maddox

  10. 32and53fan says:

    I didn’t remember Al Oliver as a Dodger.
    From Wikipedia:
    “Al Oliver was a career .303 hitter with 219 home runs and 1326 RBI in 2368 games. He batted .300 or more eleven times and retired with 2,743 hits (45th on the all-time list). He also ranks among all-time top 50 in games played (2368), total bases (4083), RBI (1326) and extra-base hits (825). He was among the league’s top ten in doubles nine times and among the league’s top ten in hits nine times as well and finished in the top ten in batting average nine times. Five times he was among the league’s top ten in total bases and four times he was in the top ten in RBIs. Because of these feats, his name has been mentioned more than once as a possible inductee into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.”

    • vl4eccjr says:

      Al came in for a cup of coffee (35 games) in 85. The final year of his career. His last stop was Toronto.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      If you go to baseball-almanac.com , you can find all kinds of stuff. They even have some famous Lasorda quotes listed.

      • vl4eccjr says:

        Here’s sone of my faves:
        “He (Darryl Strawberry) is not a dog; a dog is loyal and runs after balls.”

        “Say ‘Dodgers’ and people know you’re talking about baseball. Say ‘Braves’ and they ask, ‘What reservation?’ Say ‘Reds’ and they think of communism. Say ‘Padres’ and they look around for a priest.”

        “I walk into the clubhouse and it’s like walking into the Mayo Clinic. We have four doctors, three therapists and five trainers. Back when I broke in, we had one trainer who carried a bottle of rubbing alcohol and by the seventh inning he had drunk it all.” Source: Sports Illustrated (May 29, 1989)

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think Hairston’s injury is minor and I don’t think anyone is asked to throw to pass their physical. He probably didn’t realized it still hurt until after he was signed and began playing. Maybe he knew it and just wanted to make sure he got signed but I don’t think this is anything to worry about.

  12. crzblue says:

    What I remember about David Wells is I went to San Francisco to watch the Dodgers and he pitched such a great game. Later on that night, I had gone to a bar with some friends and who happen to walk in but David Wells. He sat with some rookies. I approached him just to say what a great game he pitched and left them alone.

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Looks like the attrition is starting early. Guess we’ll just have to muddle our way through with Eovaldi rather than Lilly.

    Need a bigger piano to fall on Hairston or Kennedy so that Sellers can make the team.

    Never ceases to amaze me year in and year out that the only way the kids, who also happen to be better players, get their chance is when Ned’s PVLs go on the DL or so suck that they’re finally let go. Just once I’d like to see this team actually field its best players from day 1.

  14. enchantedbeaver says:

    I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Billz is just never going to live up to his potential.

  15. vl4eccjr says:

    Dre is having a nice spring!

  16. vl4eccjr says:

    I sure hope Sands breaks out of this funk soon. I’ve given up on Uribum. What a waste!

    • trublu4ever says:

      Sellers or Fields could fill in for Uribum very nicely….a huge step up, for me!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Unfortunately I’m sure Ned has mandated Uribe play because of his contract. I’ve started to gain some respect for Mattingly and would like to see what kind of a line-up he would field if left to his own devices. No one in their right mind would play Uribe.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I agree, Enchanted. Afterall, if Donnie was thinking of sitting Andre for a lefty…he sure as hell can sit Uribe for lack of production.

      • JhallWally says:

        It will take injuries to get Nedcompoops washed up PVLs out of the lineup. Just like last year. However, they are already showing signs of breaking down. I have a bad feeling, It’s gonna be another long and unsuccessful year. At least we will have a new owner and hopefully a new GM to follow soon.

        • trublu4ever says:

          I honestly thiink Billz is our biggest problem. He really stunk it up today! However, on the bright side, perhaps we have some young stud out there who can fill in for him when he completely blows up!

          • JhallWally says:

            Billz is a mess….

          • nellyjune says:

            I still think some of this goes back to the pitching coach. Between Brox, Billz, Troncoso, Elbert (to a degree), Wade, etc., they all came up with so much potential,and then bam…….. something went so wrong. The only glitch in that theory is Kersh, but I think Kersh is just Kersh, and if you have read his book, it makes perfect sense why he is pretty extraordinary.

  17. lbirken says:

    I still remember when the Dodgers signed Marichal at the end of his career. He was pretty much finished and he did not look right in the Dodger uniform. But then again didn’t the Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the Giants? All this prooves is GM’s have been recycling players (i.e. PVL’s) long before Ned was potty trained.

    By the way, remember when the Dodgers signed Jack Clark as hitting coach a few years ago? I happened to be at opening day when all the players and coaches are introduced and that is the only time I have ever seen a coach booed by the home crowd. Some people just never forget.

  18. trublu4ever says:

    I’d like an explanation of why Oeltjen is still on the team?!

  19. trublu4ever says:

    And, Jerry delivers the hit for the winning run 😉

  20. sparkleplenty1 says:

    We had Richie Allen for a little over a season, too.

  21. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Whitesox played more like the Dodgers today 3 runs 13 hits.

  22. nellyjune says:

    Happy Birthday to two of our wonderful ITD/OTD Gentlemen…..Jhall and Oldbrooklynfan!!! I hope you both have a wonderful day with whatever you have planned to celebrate your special day!

  23. trublu4ever says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JHALL!

  24. enchantedbeaver says:

    Happy birthday to you both! Just think, you’re another year closer to a Dodger championship!!

  25. JhallWally says:

    Thanks Everyone!!!

    I’m wishing for a new GM sometime this year…

    Have a great day!!

  26. JhallWally says:

    On a baseball note, I think they should have kept Grabow instead of Wright. And I hope they keep Fields for when Uribe goes on the DL or is stinking it up again. They should cut bait with Uribe and start Fields.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Have a feeling it won’t matter who they keep – they’ll just be another Ned reject. Most of the guys dumbshit brought in only pitched against other teams minor leaguers (ala Ortiz, Ortiz and Cormier), so as soon as they face real competition they’ll get shelled.

      I agree on Fields. Of those we have, he’s the best choice to start at third.

      Anyone have any doubts if Uribe was DFA’d this very day that he’d clear waivers? Best he could hope for with any of the other 29 teams would be a minor league contract. The only thing that separates Uribe from Andruw is I do think Uribe tries. He’s just not very good.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    Jerry was sent to the minors.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Awww, Uribe can’t play today….was hit by a ball in the groin 😉

  29. trublu4ever says:

    And, poor Casey Blake was released.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Wouldn’t doubt Ned’s on the phone right now to his agent.

      Why is it other clubs invite these guys to camp for a tryout, and Ned gives the same type player a guaranteed 2-year contract?

      BTW, so glad Ned made room for Belisario on the 40-man. Not that Tronco was any good anymore, but I would’ve favored the non-substance abuser who bothered to show up every spring just on principle alone.

  30. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thanks everybody it’s great to have another birthday.The years are flying.

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Looks like Magic’s Group will be our new owner….YAY…McCourt is gone!

  32. DodgerZona says:

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss….Bye McCrook

  33. We got a new owner, $2 billion worth franchise, and yet, parking lot baren..

  34. crash24now says:

    As part of the agreement, the Dodgers said McCourt and “certain affiliates of the purchasers” would acquire the land surrounding Dodger Stadium for $150 million.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      An additional $150 million to go along with the $2 billion seems excessive. Oh well! He can pay off Jamie with change left to spare. McCrook is still making out like a fat rat in a cheese factory after all debts are paid. This takes the saying of ‘dumb like a fox’ to a whole new level.
      There is still a special place in Hell reserved just for Frank when he expires!

  35. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WOW, What a birthday present this is. Take her away Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten of Guggleheim. Please invest your money in this team and bring the Dodgers back to prominence.

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