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Dodgers reinstate JT Chargois

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher JT Chargois from the 10-day disabled list.

Chargois, 27, has made 38 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles, going 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31.1 IP) and has held hitters to a .228 average, while striking out 38 against 15 walks. Chargois missed 29 games with nerve irritation after leaving the game on August 20 against the Cardinals in the fifth inning with neck discomfort.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher JT Chargois from the 10-day disabled list.

Chargois, 27, has made 38 relief appearances this season with Los Angeles, going 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31.1 IP) and has held hitters to a .228 average, while striking out 38 against 15 walks. Chargois missed 29 games with nerve irritation after leaving the game on August 20 against the Cardinals in the fifth inning with neck discomfort.

The Dodgers now have 40 players on the active roster.

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LA Dodgers Foundation unveils 50th Dodgers Dreamfield, extends commitment

LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2018) -- Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF's commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles.

The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig's Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.

Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig's 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial "lighting of the scoreboard," which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.

LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2018) -- Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF's commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles.

The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig's Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.

Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig's 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial "lighting of the scoreboard," which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.

"We are proud of the meaningful impact Dodgers Dreamfields have had on local communities. As we unveil our 50th, we are thrilled to extend and renew our promise to provide access and opportunity to youth throughout Los Angeles who need it most," Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

"It makes perfect sense that the 50th Dreamfield would open right here at a recreation center named after the late Algin Sutton, who dedicated his career to connecting young people with opportunities to play," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "In Los Angeles, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to sports and recreation no matter what her zip code, and I'm so proud to call the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation our partner in increasing opportunities to play!"

"Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for completing their 50th Dodgers Dreamfield", said Mike Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. "We are proud of our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their commitment to invest in our City's park system, which has created lasting disparities in access to quality open space and recreation programs for youth and families of our communities."

During the unveiling ceremony, the foundation debuted its Dodgers Dreamfields Impact Report, outlining the tremendous influence that these fields have had on youth in Los Angeles' most underserved communities including Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Harbor City, San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, and La Puente. These fields provide kids with a positive and vibrant environment to participate in baseball and softball opportunities in their neighborhoods. In partnership with corporations, foundations, local municipalities, and individuals, Dodgers Dreamfields contribute to both community development and youth development by providing youth the opportunity and space to learn and play the game of baseball and softball, while building character and instilling important life lessons. Program resources and elements include backstop upgrades, dugout upgrades, irrigation improvements, surface re-grading, new home plate, pitching rubbers, and bases, outfield fencing and windscreens, turf renovation, sod installation, and new signage and scoreboard.

"We are so proud to have reached our goal of building 50 Dreamfields, but know that there is still much more work to be done," said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. "These fields have given our local youth a sense of pride and ownership every time they step onto the mound or slide across home base. The value of these Dreamfields cannot be overstated, and we are excited to have the chance to share everything that baseball and softball have to offer with even more communities over the next several years!"

The LA84 Foundation is the longest-standing sponsor of Dodger Dreamfields, having provided funding for 43 of the 50 fields, beginning in 2003. "Today is an historic day for the kids of the Los Angeles area - 50 Dreamfields is a remarkable achievement," said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. Simril added: "In a world where there is too much 'photo-op philanthropy,' the Dodgers Foundation produces real and sustaining positive community impact."

"I am proud to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their 50th Dreamfield," said Yasiel Puig. "I hope this field will ignite the children's love of baseball and I hope the sport will bring as much joy to their lives as it has to mine. Giving back to the Los Angeles community with a gift that will impact future generations is truly an honor."

"Ellen and I are so honored to be a part of LADF's 50th Dodgers Dreamfield," added Clayton Kershaw. "We have been partnering with them since they built the Universally Accessible Field in Baldwin Hills and are proud to partner with the foundation as they continue to impact thousands of kids throughout LA."

A high need for youth baseball/softball recreation space, racial and ethnic diversity, high "park need" metric, number of youth living in the surrounding community, and current baseball/softball interest are all factors that will help the foundation determine the locations of these next fields. By maintaining current partners and establishing new ones, LADF will continue to positively impact communities throughout the Los Angeles area.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION
LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion Dodger fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities.

Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, Twitter @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation

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Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela named "Legends of Dodger Baseball'

Induction ceremonies to take place in 2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela will make up the inaugural class of the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and will have their careers celebrated during official induction ceremonies next year. 

Starting in 2019, the team will induct Dodger greats into the Legends of Dodger Baseball in recognition of their impact on the franchise, both on and off the field. Inductees will receive a plaque honoring their Dodger achievements, which will also be on permanent display at Dodger Stadium. More information on the Legends of Dodger Baseball program will be available at a later date.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela will make up the inaugural class of the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and will have their careers celebrated during official induction ceremonies next year. 

Starting in 2019, the team will induct Dodger greats into the Legends of Dodger Baseball in recognition of their impact on the franchise, both on and off the field. Inductees will receive a plaque honoring their Dodger achievements, which will also be on permanent display at Dodger Stadium. More information on the Legends of Dodger Baseball program will be available at a later date.  

"We're excited to launch the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and there couldn't be more perfect franchise representatives to make up our inaugural class than Don, Steve and Fernando," said Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman. "This group epitomizes what it means to be a Dodger, not only with their incredible careers on the field but also through their dedicated service to the Los Angeles community."

Added Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, "The Legends of Dodger Baseball program is the first of many new developments that we plan to roll out as we approach the 2020 All-Star Game, including the creation of a permanent home to celebrate the great players, personnel and moments that have helped make the Dodgers one of the most storied institutions in professional sports."

The Dodgers will recognize Newcombe, Garvey and Valenzuela prior to Sunday's Dodgers-Padres game.

Newcombe played eight of his 10 MLB seasons with the Dodgers from 1949-51 and 1954-58, missing the 1952 and 1953 seasons while serving his country in the Korean War. He was a member of the franchise's first World Championship club in 1955, a four-time All-Star, the 1949 Rookie of the Year and the winner of both the Cy Young and the Most Valuable Player Awards in 1956, joining Justin Verlander as the only two pitchers in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards. He originally signed with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues in 1944 at the age of 17, and just two years later, along with teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, Newcombe played a key role in the country's Civil Right movement when he pitched for the Class B Nashua Dodgers of the New England League, breaking the minor league color barrier. Robinson reached the Majors in 1947, Campanella in 1948 and Newcombe was promoted to Brooklyn in 1949, where he compiled a 123-66 record with 3.51 ERA in 258 games (230 starts) with the Dodgers. Newcombe made possibly his greatest impact following his playing career, when he was credited with starting the first Community Relations department in Major League Baseball in 1970 with the Dodgers. He continues to make dozens of appearances throughout the Los Angeles area each year, speaking to youngsters and participating in the Dodgers' Alumni Association. 

"I'm so honored to be part of this first group of Legends, and want to thank the Dodgers for this great honor," said Newcombe. "I've been with the franchise for 61 years, in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and I still feel so fortunate to call myself a Dodger."

Garvey played 14 of his 19 Major League seasons in Los Angeles from 1969-82, serving as a cornerstone of four pennant-winning clubs and helping the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series title. During his time as a Dodger, Garvey was selected to eight consecutive All-Star Games (1974-81), won four Gold Glove Awards at first base and was named the 1974 National League Most Valuable Player. Garvey posted a .301 batting average as a Dodger and ranks among the all-time Los Angeles leaders in hits (1,968, 2nd), doubles (333, 1st), home runs (211, 3rd), RBI (992, 1st) and games played (1,727, 3rd), including appearing in 1,207 consecutive games - the fourth-longest streak in MLB history - between 1975-1983. He was also clutch, batting .312 with runners in scoring position and .414 with the bases loaded between 1969-82, while posting a .346/.370/.571 slashline in 45 postseason games as a Dodger and winning the 1978 NLCS MVP Award. Garvey was also an MVP off the field, and won the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award for his community efforts.

"From being a bat boy in 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers to the draft of 1968 and the success we enjoyed over a 14-year career in Dodger Blue, I feel so fortunate to continue to be affiliated with this great franchise," said Garvey. "There have been so many great players to wear the Dodger uniform, and I'm grateful for this extraordinary honor. I'm most thankful to my family, Dodger owners Peter O'Malley and Guggenheim Partners, manager Tommy Lasorda and all the players I played with and against. Thank you to the Dodgers for this recognition, and to the fans for making my time in Los Angeles so special."

Valenzuela was a member of two World Series championship teams, won the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards, was selected to six All-Star teams and even won two Silver Slugger Awards (1981, 1983) during his 11 years with the Dodgers from 1980-90. Among the all-time Los Angeles leaders, Valenzuela ranks sixth in wins (141), fifth in strikeouts (1,759), fourth in innings (2348.2), fourth in starts (320), fourth in complete games (107) and fifth in shutouts (29), including the 17th no-hitter in franchise history on June 29, 1990 against the Cardinals. Valenzuela's place in Dodger lore was etched starting with his first MLB start on Opening Day 1981, when he shut out the Astros en route to winning his first eight starts that season, including five shutouts and a streak of 35.0 consecutive scoreless innings. This improbable success sparked "Fernandomania" as fans flocked to see him pitch - home and road - and baffle hitters with his screwball, while his popularity helped the Dodgers reach Latino fans worldwide. Valenzuela retired in 1997 after 17 big league seasons as the all-time leader in wins (173) and strikeouts (2074) among Mexican-born Major Leaguers. Following his playing career, Valenzuela rejoined the Dodger organization as a broadcaster in 2003 and has been an integral part of the team's community initiatives since, including winning a Lifetime Achievement Award from RBI (Reviving Baseball in Innercities) in 2007.

"The Dodgers have meant so much to me during my 11 years on the field, and now 16 in the broadcast booth, and I'm honored to be among the first Dodger Legends," said Valenzuela. "Thank you to the Dodger organization for this great recognition, and to the fans for their years of support."

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Dodgers postseason tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Tickets for potential postseason home games at Dodger Stadium for the National League Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series will go on sale on tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today. Postseason tickets will be available both online at Dodgers.com/postseason and at the Dodger Stadium box office.

The National League postseason gets underway with the Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and the best-of-five Division Series begins on Thursday, October 4. The best-of-seven National League Championship Series starts Friday, October 12. The Dodgers' potential postseason schedule is attached and can also be viewed online at Dodgers.com/postseason.

LOS ANGELES -- Tickets for potential postseason home games at Dodger Stadium for the National League Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series will go on sale on tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today. Postseason tickets will be available both online at Dodgers.com/postseason and at the Dodger Stadium box office.

The National League postseason gets underway with the Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and the best-of-five Division Series begins on Thursday, October 4. The best-of-seven National League Championship Series starts Friday, October 12. The Dodgers' potential postseason schedule is attached and can also be viewed online at Dodgers.com/postseason.

For all potential postseason games, tickets are not purchased for a specific date, but for a corresponding home game in each postseason round. Game times will be announced at a later date.

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Dodgers proudly welcome Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss to ownership group

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that social activists, tennis champions and longtime partners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss have joined the team's ownership group.

"As someone born, raised and educated in Southern California, it is an honor to be part of the Dodger ownership group," King said. "Mark Walter and the entire Dodger organization are a first-class operation that have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field of play. We share a commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together."

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that social activists, tennis champions and longtime partners Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss have joined the team's ownership group.

"As someone born, raised and educated in Southern California, it is an honor to be part of the Dodger ownership group," King said. "Mark Walter and the entire Dodger organization are a first-class operation that have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field of play. We share a commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together."

"I have been fortunate to work closely with Mark and Kimbra Walter on some projects, and I'm looking forward to being part of the Dodgers' ownership group and helping the team expand its reach with new audiences," Kloss added. "I hope to work with the team at a variety of levels and I share the organization's proven commitment to excellence on the field and in the community."

"We're excited and proud to welcome two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and businesswomen, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, to our ownership group," said Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman. "Just like Billie Jean and Ilana, the Dodger franchise has a history of and commitment to breaking barriers, inclusion and winning, and we're looking forward to them continuing to promote these attributes within our organization."

Said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr., "Major League Baseball is pleased to welcome Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss to the Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group. Billie Jean King is a true American trailblazer who has tirelessly championed for gender pay equality, LGBTQ rights, and diverse, inclusive workforce leadership. Through her groundbreaking efforts, she has earned some of the most highly regarded recognitions available to athletes and advocates. Ilana Kloss is well-known for being both a professional tennis player and for her work as the chief executive officer and commissioner of World TeamTennis. We are excited to have them both join the National Pastime."

King and Kloss co-founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, which addresses inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace. The couple also are founding board members of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and both serve on the executive committee of the Women's Sports Foundation (WSF). Founded by King in 1974, WSF works to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity and has awarded more than $80 million in educational and cash grants since its inception. King and Kloss also have been longtime owners in World TeamTennis at both the league and team levels.

Named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, King was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 after a professional career in which she won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 Wimbledon championships. In 2006, she became the first woman to have a major sports venue named in her honor when The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., was rededicated as the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in recognition of her accomplishments on and off the court. She was also the subject of Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed 2017 film, Battle of the Sexes, which depicts the cultural and social impact of her groundbreaking match against Bobby Riggs. She also founded the Women's Tennis Association and is a past member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

King's Los Angeles and baseball ties date to her childhood in Long Beach, where she grew up playing youth basketball and softball before taking up tennis at age 11. She graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and also attended California State University, Los Angeles from 1961-64. King's younger brother, Randy Moffitt, pitched in 12 Major League seasons with the Giants, Astros and Blue Jays from 1972-83.

Kloss is the president of Billie Jean Enterprises and the former CEO and Commissioner of World TeamTennis, managing both the professional sports league and the nationwide grassroots recreational programs. A former No. 1 doubles player and U.S. Open doubles champion, she is a member of both the National and International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Kloss, a native of South Africa, serves on the executive board of the Tennis Industry Association and was named the Sports Businesswoman of the Year by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in 2007.

In addition, to joining the Dodgers ownership group, King and Kloss are also expected to join Mark Walter as a member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks ownership group, pending league approval.

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Jaime Jarrín agrees to multi-year contract extension

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will return to the Dodgers for a 61st and 62nd season in 2019 and 2020 and has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today.

Jarrín will be available to the media Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Dodger Stadium Interview Room, prior to his Ring of Honor induction ceremony.

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will return to the Dodgers for a 61st and 62nd season in 2019 and 2020 and has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today.

Jarrín will be available to the media Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Dodger Stadium Interview Room, prior to his Ring of Honor induction ceremony.

Said Jarrín, "It seems like it was just yesterday that I was at the Coliseum in 1959 and started my work with the Dodgers, the time goes so fast. I'm still enjoying it just as much as I did 60 years ago. I love what I do, and it's a privilege for me to be able to do it. I have had the opportunity to work with the best of the best, ballplayers, broadcasters and staff, and I have been so fortunate throughout my career. Of course, I have to thank the Dodgers and especially my wife Blanca for her support and for allowing me to do what I love all these years."

"Jaime Jarrín is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word, and the Dodgers are lucky to have had him behind the mic for the past 60 years as he's chronicled the greatest moments in Los Angeles history with his unique storytelling and iconic style," said Lon Rosen, Dodger Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "We're thrilled that Jaime is returning with this multi-year contract extension and are looking forward to celebrating him Friday night."

On Friday, Jarrín will become the 12th inductee into the Dodgers' Ring of Honor, joining Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having their name/number permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 6:30 p.m. ceremony.

During the course of his 60-year Dodger career, which began in the club's second season in Los Angeles in 1959, Jarrín has been lauded as one of the all-time great baseball announcers, including his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. He became only the second Spanish-language announcer to earn that honor, joining Buck Canel. Jarrín is a member of both the Southern California Sports Broadcasters' Association and the California Broadcasters' Association Halls of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated in September 1998. His other major honors include La Gran Cruz al Merito en El Grado de Comendador received in Ecuador in January 1992, being honored by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation with an AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Award in 2011 and earning Hall of Fame recognition by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) in 2011.

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Chase Utley wins 13th annual Roy Campanella Award

Second baseman voted "Most Inspirational Dodger" for the second time in three years by his teammates and coaches

The Dodgers announced today that second baseman Chase Utley was named the winner of the 13th annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniformed personnel, will be presented to Utley by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and his grandson, J.T. Campanella, during pregame ceremonies Saturday night.   

Former Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal received the inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006 and since then the honor has been awarded to Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012), Clayton Kershaw (2013-14), Zack Greinke (2015), Utley (2016) and Justin Turner (2017).   

The Dodgers announced today that second baseman Chase Utley was named the winner of the 13th annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniformed personnel, will be presented to Utley by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and his grandson, J.T. Campanella, during pregame ceremonies Saturday night.   

Former Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal received the inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006 and since then the honor has been awarded to Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012), Clayton Kershaw (2013-14), Zack Greinke (2015), Utley (2016) and Justin Turner (2017).   

Utley, 39, becomes the second Dodger to win the award twice, joining three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who won back-to-back Campanella Awards in 2013 and 2014. Utley was originally acquired by the Dodgers on Aug. 19, 2015 in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies and subsequently re-signed to one-year contacts in 2016 and 2017, before singing a two-year deal this past offseason. On July 13, during a press conference at Dodger Stadium attended by the entire team, Utley announced that the 2018 campaign would be his last as an active player, citing the desire to become a full-time Dad. One of the most respected leaders and teammates the game has ever known, Dodger fans were treated to his infectious, gritty and clutch style of play over the past four seasons after a legendary career with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003-15. 

As a true testament to his ability to lead and help the Dodgers in any capacity, Utley won the Campanella Award despite having appeared in 82 games and making just 181 plate appearances. True to form, Utley has battled through injuries to excel in a pinch- hitting role this season, batting .351 (13-for-37) off the bench, which ranks seventh in the National League.  

Utley has reached the World Series three times, winning the championship with Philadelphia in 2008. In his career, he's been named an All-Star six times and won four Silver Slugger awards while amassing 1,885 hits, scoring 1,102 runs, hitting 259 homers and driving in 1,025 runs. He has been hit by the pitch 204 times, which ranks eighth in Major League history.  

The final words to sum up Chase Utley as a teammate come from Dodger President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman: 

"He's as good as it gets. The effect he has had throughout. If you think back to 2015, to that point we were one of the worst base-running teams in baseball. We get Utley, and from that point through the end of the season on we were second. It speaks to the effect he can have. He has had as much and as lasting of an impact as I've ever seen a player have on an organization.'' 

Campanella was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player (1951, 1953 and 1955), eight-time All-Star and a member of the 1955 World Championship team. He played in five World Series and his 142 RBI in 1953 set a franchise record, since surpassed by Tommy Davis (153 in 1962). In 1,215 career games during a 10-year career, all with the Dodgers, he batted .276 with 242 home runs and 856 RBI. 

He began his career in the Negro Leagues, establishing himself as one of the top catchers in the league before joining the Dodger organization in 1946. Campanella played for Class B Nashua of the New England League, making that club the first integrated affiliated baseball team in the United States.

On Jan. 29, 1958, just as the Dodgers were making final preparations for their move to Los Angeles, Campanella was involved in a tragic car accident that paralyzed him from the neck down, marking the end of his playing career. On May 7, 1959, a Major League record-setting 93,103 fans filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on "Roy Campanella Night" for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and Yankees. 

He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and was among the first three Dodgers to have their uniform numbers retired alongside Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax. Campanella remained active in the Dodgers' Community Relations Department until his death on June 26, 1993 at the age of 71. 

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Dodgers name Tony Gonsolin, Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher/Player of the Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year. 

In 26 combined starts this season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, Gonsolin has a 10-2 record with a 2.60 ERA (37 ER/ 128.0 IP), striking out a combined 155 batters against just 42walks. Gonsolin started his season in the California League, posting a 2.69 ERA (25 ER/83.2 IP) in 17 starts and was named a Mid-Season All-Star before his promotion to Tulsa on July 14. The 24-year-old then dominated in nine starts for the Drillers, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (12 ER/44.1 IP), a 1.08 WHIP and a .203 opponent's batting average.

The Vacaville, California native was selected in the ninth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary's College where he split playing time as an outfielder and pitcher before he transitioned to pitching full-time with the Dodgers. In 87 career minor-league games (26 starts), the right-handed pitcher went 18-10 with 10 saves, 3.14 ERA (80 ER/229.0 IP) and struck out 265 batters against 68 walks.  

Lux started 2018 with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga batting .312 (72-for-231) with eight home runs and 35 RBI and was named a Mid-Season All-Star. The 20-year-old continued his dominance in the second half of the season, slashing .346/.396/.528 and was selected as a post-season California League All-Star, to finish ranked among league leaders in average (.324, 3rd), OBP (.396, 2nd), SLG (.520, 3rd) and OPS (.916, 2nd). After 88 games with the Quakes, the Kenosha, Wisconsin native was promoted to Double-A Tulsa where he hit .324 (34-for-105) with four home runs, nine RBI and a .408 on-base percentage in 28 appearances.

Since being selected as the first-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft, the shortstop has appeared in 283 career minor league games, slashing .288/.368/.432 with 22 homers, 54 doubles, and 117 RBI.   

Gonsolin and Lux will both be presented their respective awards and honored in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 18 vs. Colorado. 


Branch Rickey Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year: 1989-2018

Year | Player of the Year | Pitcher of the Year
1989 | Mike Huff, Albuquerque (OF) | Jim Poole, Vero Beach (LHP)
1990 | Henry Rodriguez, San Antonio (OF) | Jamie McAndrew, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1991 | Eric Karros, Albuquerque (IB) | Pedro Martinez, San Antonio/Albuquerque (RHP)
1992 | Mike Piazza, San Antonio/Albuquerque (C) | Todd Williams, Bakersfield/San Antonio (RHP)
1993 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Kip Gross, Albuquerque (RHP)
1994 | Billy Ashley, Albuquerque (OF) | Greg Hansell, Albuquerque (RHP)
1995 | Adam Riggs, San Bernardino (IF) | Gary Rath, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1996 | Paul Konerko, San Antonio/Albuquerque (IF) | Billy Neal, Vero Beach (RHP)
1997 | Paul Konerko, Albuquerque (IF) | Dennys Reyes, San Antonio/Albuquerque (LHP)
1998 | Angel Peña, San Antonio (C) | Luke Prokopec, San Bernardino/San Antonio (RHP)
1999 | Chin-Feng Chen, San Bernardino (OF) | Eric Gagné , San Antonio (RHP)
2000 | Joe Thurston, San Bernardino (IF) | Carlos Garcia, San Bernardino (RHP)
2001 | Phil Hiatt, Las Vegas (IF) | Ricardo Rodriguez, Vero Beach (LHP)
2002 | Joe Thurston, Las Vegas (IF) | Edwin Jackson, South Georgia (RHP)
2003 | Franklin Gutierrez, VB/Jacksonville (OF) | Greg Miller, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (LHP)
2004 | Joel Guzman, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (OF) | Chad Billingsley, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (RHP)
2005 | Andy LaRoche, Vero Beach/Jacksonville (IF) | Chad Billingsley, Jacksonville (RHP)
2006 | James Loney, Las Vegas (1B) | Mark Alexander, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (RHP)
2007 | Chin-lung Hu, Jacksonville/Las Vegas (IF) | James McDonald, Inland Empire/Jacksonville (RHP)
2008 | Ivan De Jesus, Jr., Jacksonville (IF) | James McDonald, Jacksonville/Los Angeles (RHP)
2009 | Dee Gordon, Great Lakes (IF) | Scott Elbert, Chattanooga/Albuquerque/Los Angeles (LHP)
2010 | Jerry Sands, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Rubby De La Rosa, Great Lakes/Chattanooga (RHP)
2011 | Scott Van Slyke, Chattanooga (IF/OF) | Shawn Tolleson, Great Lakes/Rancho/Chattanooga (RHP)
2012 | Joc Pederson, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | John Ely, Albuquerque (RHP)
2013 | Scott Schebler, Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Chattanooga (RHP)
2014 | Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (OF), Corey Seager, Rancho Cucamonga/Chattanooga (IF) | Julio Urias, Rancho Cucamonga (LHP)
2015 | Alex Verdugo, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (OF) | Zach Lee, Oklahoma City (RHP)
2016 | Edwin Rios, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (IF) | Brock Stewart, Rancho Cucamonga/Tula/Oklahoma City/LA (RHP)
2017 | Keibert Ruiz, Great Lakes/Rancho Cucamonga (C) | Walker Buehler, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa/Oklahoma City (RHP)
2018 | Gavin Lux, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (INF) | Tony Gonsolin, Rancho Cucamonga/Tulsa (RHP)

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Yasiel Puig named National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending September 16th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Puig batted .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs scored, a double, five home runs, nine RBI, three walks and a stolen base over seven games played to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending May 18, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Puig finished the week first in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (1.190) and total bases (25); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (6); third in on-base percentage (.500); and tied for third in hits. This is the Dodgers' second Player of the Week award this season, following his All-Star teammate Matt Kemp (June 3rd).

On Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Puig clubbed a pair of solo home runs as part of a three-hit game to lead the Dodgers to an important 3-0 win. The outing was his second multi-homer game of the season, previously doing so on August 2nd against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cuban native enjoyed one of his best games as a Major Leaguer in the following contest on Saturday, driving in a career-high seven runs to go along with his first career three-homer game. Yasiel joined NL MVP candidate Matt Carpenter (July 20th) of the St. Louis Cardinals as the only players in the Majors this season to record three home runs and seven RBI in a contest.  

In addition, the dynamic outfielder became just the fourth Cuban-born player to ever reach those totals in a game, joining Jose Canseco (June 13, 1994), Yoenis Céspedes (August 21, 2015) and Kendrys Morales (August 31, 2017). Puig became just the ninth player in franchise history to log back-to-back multi-homer games (last: Cody Bellinger; June 11-13, 2017), and the 24th player in Club history to post a three-homer game (last: Corey Seager; June 20, 2017). Additionally, the 2014 All-Star became just the second player in Dodgers lore to record five round-trippers in consecutive games, joining Shawn Green, who accomplished the feat on May 23-24, 2002. The Dodgers recorded at least one home run in 23 consecutive games from August 21st-September 15th, the second-longest streak in franchise history, and the longest since 1953 when the then-Brooklyn Dodgers posted a streak of 24 games. Entering play today, the Dodgers (82-68) are tied with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot, and sit just a half-game behind the Colorado Rockies (82-67) in the tight NL West.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Yasiel Puig will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

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Dodgers continue playoff chase in season's final homestand vs. Rockies and Padres

Jaime Jarrín Night, La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers and Bobblehead Nights highlight homestand

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers will open their final homestand of the season on Monday, taking on the Colorado Rockies (Sept. 17-19) and San Diego Padres (Sept. 21-23) in games with major postseason implications. The Dodgers enter play today trailing the first-place Rockies by 1.5 games in the NL West.

The homestand will be highlighted by Jaime Jarrín Night on Friday, Sept. 21, where the Hall of Fame broadcaster will become just the 12th Dodger to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. Fans are encouraged to arrive early Friday for the 6:30 p.m. pregame ceremony honoring Jarrín for his 60 years with the club. Friday's game kicks off a weekend of special events at Dodger Stadium with Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers presented by Spectrum and Coca-Cola starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the 76 Station and Fan Appreciation Day Sunday, complete with giveaways and post-game Kids Run the Bases.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers will open their final homestand of the season on Monday, taking on the Colorado Rockies (Sept. 17-19) and San Diego Padres (Sept. 21-23) in games with major postseason implications. The Dodgers enter play today trailing the first-place Rockies by 1.5 games in the NL West.

The homestand will be highlighted by Jaime Jarrín Night on Friday, Sept. 21, where the Hall of Fame broadcaster will become just the 12th Dodger to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. Fans are encouraged to arrive early Friday for the 6:30 p.m. pregame ceremony honoring Jarrín for his 60 years with the club. Friday's game kicks off a weekend of special events at Dodger Stadium with Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers presented by Spectrum and Coca-Cola starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the 76 Station and Fan Appreciation Day Sunday, complete with giveaways and post-game Kids Run the Bases.

In addition to games that are sure to have a postseason feel, the homestand features four bobblehead giveaways, with Matt Kemp Bobblehead Night presented by Budweiser on Tuesday, the team's first-ever Digital Bobblehead Night on Friday, Manny Machado Bobblehead Night presented by State Farm Saturday and Orel Hershiser Bobblehead Day courtesy of Your SoCal Honda Dealers on Sunday. The team's Sept. 21 Digital Bobblehead promotion is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball - and believed to be the first Crypto giveaway in sports - giving fans the opportunity to download a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner or Kenley Jansen token to their Ethereum wallet. The player Crypto token received will be randomly selected, with approximately an equal number of Kershaw, Turner and Jansen codes distributed at the stadium gates.

The team will also be hosting Law Enforcement Night (Sept. 17), Dia de Los Dodgers (Sept. 19), School Employees Appreciation Night (Sept. 21) and those who purchased the Disc Golf ticket pack on Sept. 22. These games include special pregame programming and an exclusive item for those that purchase their tickets through Dodgers.com/Events.

A full list of promotions and special events for the upcoming homestand is below:

Monday, September 17, 7:10 p.m. vs. Rockies

Special Event: Law Enforcement Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive coin, available at Dodgers.com/LawEnforcement).
Starting Lineups read by Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michael Moore.
Color Guard: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Mounted Enforcement Detail Honor Guard.
Flyover: Los Angeles Police Department's Airbus H125 helicopter navigated by police officers serving the Department's Air Support Division.
Pregame Motorcade: California Highway Patrol's Southern Division Motor Squad.
Special Event: Cal State LA Night #2 (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive cap, available at Dodgers.com/CalStateLA).

Tuesday, September 18, 7:10 p.m. vs. Rockies

Promotion: Matt Kemp Bobblehead presented by Budweiser (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance while supplies last at guest's point of entry).

Wednesday, September 19, 7:10 p.m. vs. Rockies

Pregame Recognition: The Dodgers will honor long-time employees.
Special Event: Dia de Los Dodgers (ticket pack sold out!). The team will have a Dodger-themed altar, similar to those used on Día De Los Muertos, behind the Right Field Pavilion where fans can share their memories on notecards.

Friday, September 21, 7:10 p.m. vs. Padres

Jaime Jarrín pregame Ring of Honor Ceremony (fans encouraged to arrive early for 6:30 p.m. ceremony).
Promotion: Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen or Justin Turner Digital Bobblehead giveaway (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance while supplies last at guest's point of entry).
Promotion: Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's, themed to music in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Special Event: School Employee Appreciation Night (special event ticket pack, which includes an exclusive t-shirt, available at Dodgers.com/SchoolEmployee).

Saturday, September 22, 6:10 p.m. vs. Padres

Pregame Event: La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers presented by Spectrum and Coca-Cola. Family-friendly event, which includes live entertainment, games and autographs, starts at 2:00 p.m. at the 76 Station. More information: Dodgers.com/Viva.
Promotion: Manny Machado Bobblehead presented State Farm (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance while supplies last at guest's point of entry).
Ticket Pack: Disc Golf. For tickets and more information on the ticket pack, which includes a game ticket and an offseason round of disc golf, visit Dodgers.com/DiscGolf. 

Sunday, September 23, 1:10 p.m. vs. Padres

Promotion: Orel Hershiser Scoreless Inning Streak Anniversary Bobblehead courtesy of Your SoCal Honda Dealers (first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance while supplies last at guest's point of entry).
Promotion: Fan Appreciation Day. Prizes to be announced throughout the game.
First pitch: Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez on behalf of Nike.
Post-game Kids Run the Bases.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling (866) DODGERS, and information on the special events calendar can be found online at dodgers.com/groups. Information on parking and public transportation options to Dodger Stadium, including the Dodger Stadium Express, can be found online at www.dodgers.com under the Dodger Stadium tab at the top of the page.

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'Dodgers Love D.R.' community efforts continue at Campo Las Palmas with extension of LA Reads literacy initiative in the Dominican Republic

Team partners with DREAM Project for educational summer camp, extracurricular school programs and to help kids build home libraries

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have proudly extended their community relations efforts to Campo Las Palmas, the club's home in San Antonio Guerra, Dominican Republic, through the club's "Dodgers Love D.R." program.

The program encompasses all of the club's community efforts in the Dominican, which currently include extending the club's LA Reads literacy initiative to the Dominican Republic through a partnership with the DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring). With the DREAM Project, the Dodgers recently hosted the second annual Campo Las Palmas Summer Camp, held their first of three book fairs of the year through the Dodgers' My Very Own Library Program and will continue to welcome participants in their Dodgers Young Stars Program for year-round extracurricular educational programming.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have proudly extended their community relations efforts to Campo Las Palmas, the club's home in San Antonio Guerra, Dominican Republic, through the club's "Dodgers Love D.R." program.

The program encompasses all of the club's community efforts in the Dominican, which currently include extending the club's LA Reads literacy initiative to the Dominican Republic through a partnership with the DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring). With the DREAM Project, the Dodgers recently hosted the second annual Campo Las Palmas Summer Camp, held their first of three book fairs of the year through the Dodgers' My Very Own Library Program and will continue to welcome participants in their Dodgers Young Stars Program for year-round extracurricular educational programming.

"We're proud to expand our literacy initiatives to the Dominican Republic and partner with the DREAM Project to host year-round educational programing at Campo Las Palmas," said Stan Kasten, Dodger President & CEO. "Community involvement is a core principal of the Dodger organization, and we cherish the opportunity to positively impact our local communities in Los Angeles, Glendale, San Antonio Guerra and throughout the country in partnership with our minor league affiliates."

A full overview of each program is below:

Campo Las Palmas Summer Camp
The Dodgers' Campo Las Palmas Summer Camp just finished its second annual session, with 85 students receiving over 50 hours of math and literacy instruction during the three-week camp. The students, ages 8-14, were chosen for the camp after being identified as needing additional academic support by their teachers. This summer, the focus was to strengthen reading skills, while also providing students with new experiences, including art, sports and science activities. According to DREAM, during the inaugural camp session in 2017, nearly two-thirds of the 67 students gained at least one reading level during the program, equivalent to half a year's academic growth.

Dodgers My Very Own Library
Another extension of the club's LA Reads initiative, the Dodgers' My Very Own Library Program was launched in 2017 to support a collaboration between DREAM and the My Very Own Library Foundation, which provides public school students in low income settings with 10 books every year to build a home library. The program will hold three book fairs this year, two of which will also include a workshop with activities and games that promote a love for reading. DREAM currently works with 2,000 students to distribute over 25,000 books in seven communities every school year.

The program has shown dramatic results, with 92% of students involved in the program reporting that they enjoy reading according to DREAM. Their survey also showed that 96% of students in the program had read a book in the last two days, including 83% who had read with a parents.

Dodgers Young Stars Program
A year-round extension of the Summer Camp, the Young Stars/Estrellas Jóvenes is an extracurricular educational program that supports students from local public schools. The program reaches students ages 8-15 through in-school reading intervention programs and extracurricular programming on Saturdays, and aims to significantly increase their practical educational skills, literacy, math, sociocultural development, critical thinking skills and the ability to be self-taught. Currently, the Dominican Republic places below average for world standards on the scale of development and poverty.

Students in this program will also participate in the monthly program called "LA Reads with the D.R." which is meant to form bonds between students in Los Angeles and the Dominican over a shared love of reading.

"Dodgers Love D.R."
The Dodgers were the first MLB team to open a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, and have a rich history in the country. Last year, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the facility's opening, the Dodgers unveiled extensive renovations at Campo Las Palmas, which expanded the campus to 10 buildings that house 96 players, 19 coaches and support staff. In addition to upgrading the training facilities, offices and housing for players and staff, the renovations also featured four classrooms, a kitchen to continue the team's commitment to nutrition and Jackie Robinson Hall, a movie house that uses English-language films to enhance the language learning program.

The team also has a long history of giving back to the local community through its support of the Futuro Vivo School for almost two decades. Campo Las Palmas also has a community field for little league play near the entrance.

A media kit with photos from the team's recent summer camp and book fair is available for download at the link below: https://ladodgers.sharefile.com/d-sf465d0193b1424eb.

About the Los Angeles Dodgers:
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 22 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.

Visit the Dodgers online , follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers. For media information, visit www.dodgerspressbox.com.

About the DREAM Project:
The Dream Project is an innovative non-profit organization built on the philosophy that the only way to end poverty in the Dominican Republic and in the global community is through quality education. DREAM has become one of the most effective and visible organizations that work in the education field. All together, the DREAM Project has worked with 28 different communities, offering 15 quality education programs to more than 9,000 young people and more than 12,000 members of the community.

We believe that an early and continuous quality education is the most effective way to end the poverty cycle and create a change of destiny. Our vision is that all kids born in the Dominican Republic will have the same opportunity to receive a quality education and learn to their maximum potential. We hope that our efforts will multiply and create opportunities for the gifts of every child. Our objective is to break the cycle of poverty and change each person's destiny. Our dream is to create a better world for kids and families for generations to come.

The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring) is a non-profit organization registered in the Dominican Republic and the United States 501 (c).

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Dodgers recall Julio Urías

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled left-handed pitcher Julio Urías from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Urías, 22, is set to make his 2018 Major League debut after missing more than a year following left shoulder surgery in June 2017. The southpaw last pitched for Triple-A OKC yesterday against Memphis (Cardinals) in the PCL American Conference Championship, allowing one hit in 1.0 scoreless inning. In eight games (six starts) with OKC, Rancho Cucamonga and the AZL Dodgers this season, he posted a 5.40 ERA (7 ER/11.2 IP), while striking out 19.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled left-handed pitcher Julio Urías from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Urías, 22, is set to make his 2018 Major League debut after missing more than a year following left shoulder surgery in June 2017. The southpaw last pitched for Triple-A OKC yesterday against Memphis (Cardinals) in the PCL American Conference Championship, allowing one hit in 1.0 scoreless inning. In eight games (six starts) with OKC, Rancho Cucamonga and the AZL Dodgers this season, he posted a 5.40 ERA (7 ER/11.2 IP), while striking out 19.

The Dodgers now have 36 players on the active roster.

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Dodgers reinstate Ross Stripling

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling from the 10-day disabled list.  

Stripling, who missed 21 games with low back inflammation, has appeared in 28 games (17 starts) with Los Angeles this season, going 8-3 and posting a 2.62 ERA (32 ER/110.0 IP). The All-Star pitcher has also struck out 121 batters against 17 walks with a 1.13 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling from the 10-day disabled list.  

Stripling, who missed 21 games with low back inflammation, has appeared in 28 games (17 starts) with Los Angeles this season, going 8-3 and posting a 2.62 ERA (32 ER/110.0 IP). The All-Star pitcher has also struck out 121 batters against 17 walks with a 1.13 WHIP.

The Dodgers now have 34 players on the active roster. 

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Dodgers to hold first-ever Digital Bobblehead Night on Sept. 21

The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their first-ever Digital Bobblehead Night on Sept. 21 (7:10 p.m. vs San Diego Padres), where fans will have the opportunity to download a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner or Kenley Jansen Crypto token, the team announced today. The promotion is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, and believed to be the first Crypto giveaway in sports.

While supplies last at guest's point of entry, the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance will receive a card with a unique code and directions to a website where a digital bobblehead can be unlocked and added to their Ethereum wallet. The player Crypto token received will be randomly selected, with approximately an equal number of Kershaw, Turner and Jansen codes distributed at the stadium gates. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold their first-ever Digital Bobblehead Night on Sept. 21 (7:10 p.m. vs San Diego Padres), where fans will have the opportunity to download a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner or Kenley Jansen Crypto token, the team announced today. The promotion is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, and believed to be the first Crypto giveaway in sports.

While supplies last at guest's point of entry, the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance will receive a card with a unique code and directions to a website where a digital bobblehead can be unlocked and added to their Ethereum wallet. The player Crypto token received will be randomly selected, with approximately an equal number of Kershaw, Turner and Jansen codes distributed at the stadium gates. 

"We're excited for our first-ever Crypto giveaway, and to explore an entirely new marketplace with our fanbase," said Lon Rosen, Dodger Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "We hope this piques the interest of Dodger fans, and will help launch a new age of digital collectibles and promotions." 

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Dodgers announce affiliation renewals

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced they have signed a working agreement with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Great Lakes Loons. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes.

The OKC Dodgers, who clinched the PCL American North division title on Monday with a 75-65 record, have been the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate for the past four seasons. Oklahoma City has clinched its third division title in the last four seasons including winning the conference title in 2016. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced they have signed a working agreement with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Great Lakes Loons. The announcement was made jointly by Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and Director of Player Development Brandon Gomes.

The OKC Dodgers, who clinched the PCL American North division title on Monday with a 75-65 record, have been the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate for the past four seasons. Oklahoma City has clinched its third division title in the last four seasons including winning the conference title in 2016. 

The Tulsa Drillers clinched their second straight appearance in the Texas League Playoffs on August 31, which is also their fifth in the last seven years. After four years partnering with Los Angeles, Tulsa will have the opportunity to win its first Texas League Championship since the 1998 season. All-time, the Drillers franchise has won three TL titles while the city of Tulsa has won eight total Texas League crowns, with the first coming in 1936.

In eight seasons with the Dodgers, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had a historic 2018 season, setting the franchise's single season win record with 81 wins, surpassing the 2011 club that finished the year 80-60. Infielder Rylan Bannon was voted as the 2018 California League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, which is the second time the Quakes have swept both the MVP and ROY awards (DJ Peters, 2017).

The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. The Loons also clinched their playoff berth in the 2018 Midwest League Playoffs this week, after finishing the season 36-33. 

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