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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sandy Koufax hit in head by foul ball

Show him the Koufax!

Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was struck in the head by a foul ball as the Los Angeles Dodgers were taking batting practice at their spring training complex on Friday.

Koufax was standing in foul ground next to the bullpen, watching pitching prospect Ross Stripling throw, when Andre Ethier hit a low liner toward the area. Players yelled, “Heads up!” but before Koufax could react, the ball hit him on the left side of the head.

Koufax was smiling as he walked toward a nearby cart, though he was walking a bit wobbly. Trainers applied a bandage to his bleeding head and put a towel over it before they carted him toward the clubhouse.

Later, Koufax, dressed in a white golf shirt, entered the Dodgers’ clubhouse and chatted briefly with some players. His head was not bandaged and there was a small cut near his left temple. He told reporters he was fine.

Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte then gave Koufax a lift from the team’s complex.

Repoz Posted: February 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 21, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4660482)
Damn! I hope he's OK, and it sounds like he's not badly hurt. But I think that getting Koufax back into the fold after several years in the wilderness has been the best thing the Dodgers have done over the past few years, especially from a PR standpoint. It made no sense for a team to be estranged from its most famous living player. And from everything I've heard, he's legitimately useful when working with young pitchers.
   2. Knock on any Iorg Posted: February 21, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4660505)
One word: HELMETS!
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 21, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4660511)
I have little interest in the Dodgers, but that photo of Koufax and Kershaw in the locker room last year is one of my all-time favorite baseball photos.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 21, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4660513)
His head was not bandaged and there was a small cut near his left temple. He told reporters he was fine.

Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte then gave Koufax a lift from the team’s complex.


A little cream, a little clear, and good as new!
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 21, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4660553)
Whenever you hear someone shout "Heads up!", always look straight up. That way, the ball will hit you smack in the face.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: February 21, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4660590)
If life was a Disney movie, he'd come back throwing 100 MPH.

And amazingly, although he was the Giants trainer, Stan is not related to Victor.
   7. JE (Jason) Posted: February 21, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4660597)
Whenever you hear someone shout "Heads up!", always look straight up. That way, the ball will hit you smack in the face.

And why is a near-miss a miss? Shouldn't it be called a near-hit?
   8. God Posted: February 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM (#4660632)
I have little interest in the Dodgers, but that photo of Koufax and Kershaw in the locker room last year is one of my all-time favorite baseball photos.


Me too. For those who haven't seen it, here it is. Also, the GIF version.
   9. Morty Causa Posted: February 22, 2014 at 01:24 AM (#4660652)
Kershaw towers over Koufax in that picture/gif, and he's listed as 6'3" to Koufax's 6'2" on B-ref. Sandy must have lost some serious inches due to age and debility.
   10. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 22, 2014 at 01:56 AM (#4660658)
And critics say Ethier can't hit lefties...
   11. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: February 22, 2014 at 02:49 AM (#4660661)
RDF, Gold Star.

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