Posted February 21, 2014

Sandy Koufax hit in head by line drive at Dodgers camp

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Sandy Koufax threw out the first pitch for Dodgers opening day last season. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Sandy Koufax threw out the first pitch for Dodgers opening day last season. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Sandy Koufax was hit in the head by an Andre Ethier line drive at Dodgers spring training camp in Arizona on Friday, but was reportedly in good spirits as he received medical attention.

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The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher remained on his feet but suffered a cut and was bleeding, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Koufax, who offers his expertise to the Dodgers at spring training, remained conscious and was smiling as the trainers took him for further examination, Hernandez reports.

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24 comments
Mark112
Mark112

Sandy never was a very good fielder.

dodgerblue
dodgerblue

To The truth hurts. Read Koufax's book and get educated on his career. If the man wasn't so over used and abused he would have set records that would never be touched. Give the man his due credit. A great athlete and person.

JeffBunnell
JeffBunnell

Whew!  "foul ball...."  When I first read it, I was thinking line drive....not good.


I hope Mr Koufax is doing fine.  In the future, give that man a helmet!

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

This goofy old man needs to go to the home with the rest of the geriatrics. It was probably one of their fans throwing beer bottles at him.

GeorgeVieto
GeorgeVieto

Sandy pitched in the Major Leagues before my time but I read in baseball history books he was one the of best pitchers of all time during his era. Glad to see he is okay.. 

Disbott3000
Disbott3000

@dodgerblue  Hey, I agree that Koufax is one of the all-time great pitchers, but you can't speculate on what someone would have done "if" this or that. Warren Spahn lost some of his best years to military service, years that could have possibly made him the all-time winningest pitcher, but, as Spahn himself repeated stated, he might never have won those games at all if it weren't for the experience he gained while in military service. Now, if Spahn felt that he was overused and it shortened his career, maybe he's right, or maybe the perceived overuse is what sharpened him into the great pitcher he was and he would have never gained the experience and skill that he needed to be great without it.


In the end, if you're looking at his career and thinking "what if", then that's pretty sad. It was a great career and should be left at that.

stewartjk1
stewartjk1

@dodgerblue Maybe.  It's fun to talk about but we really don't have any idea how his career would have played out.   Need to just appreciate the spectacular brief career that he did have.

Mark112
Mark112

@KeyserSöze  

Your post isn't fresh; it's stupid. Mix in a spell-check while you're at it.

shays01
shays01

@The_truth_hurts  You don't utter truth ... just spurious slurs aimed at one of the nicest gentlemen ever to play the game and a man who can probably still out pitch the likes of you

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@shays01 @The_truth_hurts  This was directed more towards the cowardly, thuggish fans in LA. He had 3 or 4 great years, other than that he was average. They keep him around for entertainment purposes. He's like a side show freak. "Who wants to take a picture with gramps for a dollar"

rememberwhatbushdid
rememberwhatbushdid

@The_truth_hurts @shays01   Hey...TheTruthHurts...here's the REAL truth and it does hurt.  You.  Anyone who belittles the real-life accomplishments of others is only masking the fact his own life, to him...deep down inside...has been a failure.  Sandy Koufax will remain a much admired and respected human being long after your 10 seconds of blasphemy have been forgotten. What a crappy way of trying to make a name for yourself.  You're nowhere near as smart as you think.  Your comments are mean-spirited and dumb.