Take a look at these numbers over 12 seasons as a pitcher in Major League Baseball: 167 wins including three seasons with 25 or more wins, five straight seasons in which he led the majors in ERA, three times when it was under 2.00. Oh and throw in three Cy-Young awards, one MVP and 2396 strikeouts. I’ll take that career any day. The man it belongs to is none other than the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Sandy Koufax.
In 2013, the Dodgers have the pleasure of seeing Koufax return to Dodgers camp as a special instructor. His opinion of the pitching staff certainly carries a great deal of weight. He likes Josh Beckett’s chances of performing well in his return to the National League. Zach Greinke is a huge signing, and anyone can see the promise of opening day starter Clayton Kershaw. Basically, Koufax grinned and said that this is a good staff.
Not only is he excited about the pitching staff, but the team as well. For the Dodgers it must be nothing but the best for their potentially great pitching staff to be able to pick the brain of one of the all-time great pitchers. Koufax is planning to remain in camp for around two weeks, but is not ruling out another few visits to the team as the spring and season progresses. For the Dodgers, it’s a win/win situation. Any time they get with someone like Sandy Koufax is all good for everyone involved.