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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Chico is the man in Dodgers’ intrasquad games

Chris Taylor made a mistake in the second inning of the Dodgers’ intrasquad game Saturday. He ran on Chico.

Taylor tagged up from first base on a routine fly ball to left field, where Chico camped under it. Chico, No. 97, fired a strike to second base that easily beat Taylor for a double play. Both teams erupted with cheers and laughter inside an empty Dodger Stadium. The lesson was clear: Don’t run on Chico.

Francisco Herrera, the man known as Chico, is on the Dodgers’ payroll but not as a player. He’s been a clubhouse attendant — a clubbie in baseball speak — since 2008, initially in a part-time role and now in a full-time capacity.

He hasn’t played competitive baseball since his two years playing shortstop at Los Angeles Valley College a decade ago. But the Dodgers have needed a body as a result of a shortage of players and they’ve turned to Herrera. The Hollywood native has been the left fielder for one of the two teams in the Dodgers’ six scrimmages played in training camp, occasionally snatching the spotlight from the major leaguers around him.

“It’s been surreal,” Herrera, 30, said. “The guys loving it and just going out there and having fun.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2020 at 08:57 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 16, 2020 at 12:28 PM (#5963359)
Chico, if you try now, I know that you can lend a helping hand.
   2. Rally Posted: July 16, 2020 at 03:39 PM (#5963428)
That is awesome.
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: July 16, 2020 at 05:39 PM (#5963467)
that's really great

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