LOS ANGELES–Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, it was announced.
Koufax will serve as special adviser to Dodgers’ Chairman Mark Walter. Koufax will attend a portion of spring training to work with Dodgers’ pitchers and consult with the team throughout the year.
“The Dodgers are thrilled to have Sandy back with the organization,” Dodgers’ president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “Sandy’s experience and perspective will be invaluable as we endeavor to do everything in our power to bring the city of Los Angeles a World Series champion.”
“I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers,” Koufax said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with the team during spring training and to contributing in any way I can to help make the team a success for the fans of Los Angeles. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium.”
Koufax, the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, including a perfect game, was the youngest player (age 36) and the first pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame (1972) who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. In 12 major league seasons, he had a career record of 165-87, a 2.76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts, 137 complete games and 40 shutouts.