It’s been a while, but Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers.
The team announced on Tuesday that the Hall of Fame pitcher has rejoined the club as special advisor to Chairman Mark Walter. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Koufax will spend part of Spring Training working with the eight starting pitchers currently on the team.
Koufax, 77, said that he is of course thrilled to be back with the team and has “cherished memories” of playing at Dodger Stadium:
“I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers. 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.”
The return to the team is not his first post-career stint in baseball. He was a Minor League pitching instructor for the Dodgers organization for 11 years beginning in 1979 and served as a broadcaster for NBC for six years.
Koufax was a part of three World Series championships with the Dodgers in the 1950s and 60s, taking home the MVP award in 1963 and ’65. He recorded a 4-3 post season record with a 0.95 ERA, was selected to seven consecutive All-Star Games during the 60s and was a three-time unanimous National League Cy Young Award.