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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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Justin Turner named Dodgers' nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Justin Turner was named the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. Turner, who was selected as the Dodgers' nominee for a second consecutive season, will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to tomorrow's Dodgers-Mets game.

 

Major League Baseball today announced that Justin Turner was named the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. Turner, who was selected as the Dodgers' nominee for a second consecutive season, will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to tomorrow's Dodgers-Mets game.

 

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

 

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5 marks the seventeenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

 

Justin Turner is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. Since joining the Dodgers in 2014, Turner has been a pillar of the team's community efforts, giving his time, energy and financial support to a variety of charitable efforts throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

 

In 2016, he founded the Justin Turner Foundation, whose mission is to support homeless veterans and children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses. This past offseason, Turner hosted his 3rd annual Justin Turner Golf Classic in his efforts to support the Dream Center's Veterans Program. Through his efforts, the Dream Center is able to house and mentor over 26 veterans and also recently opened its Women Veteran Program, which provides support, job & skill training, mentoring, outreach opportunities, classroom-based instruction, employment resources and benefit assistance at its 18-bed transitional housing program.

 

Additionally, since its founding, the Justin Turner Foundation has provided over 10,000 toys and 2,000 bicycles to children in the Los Angeles area through its holiday giving efforts. Turner also partners with the 17Strong Foundation, founded by Ryan Teixeira and carried on by his family and loved ones, which is built on giving patients that are recovering from a life-altering illness a victory trip of their choice. Turner is also currently working with the Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan to help create a baseball league for U.S. military children whose parents are serving in the military.

 

During his time with the club, Turner has been an ardent supporter of the Dodgers' community efforts, from volunteering at youth clinics and soup kitchens to serving as spokesman for Vision to Learn, a partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation that provides free eye exams and glasses to schoolchildren in underserved communities. He's also been the Dodgers' player representative in support of MLB programming, including Play Ball and National PLAY Campaign events. Turner serves as the spokesman for the club's Military Appreciation Night and when the Dodgers honor a Military Hero of the Game each night, Turner can be found next to the dugout rail, greeting the service man or woman to present them with an extra-memorable experience. Additionally, each year he's been with the Dodgers, Turner has supported AM 570's annual Radio-a-Thon by appearing in studio and taking pledges to raise money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America on Veterans Day.

 

"Being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award is not something that I take lightly, and I'm extremely proud and honored to be included among this special group of nominees from around the league," said Dodger third baseman Justin Turner. "My wife Kourtney and I realize how blessed we are to have this platform, and are determined to use it to give back to the community and fans that have been so supportive of us."

 

"Justin is a great representative of what a Dodger should be with incredible leadership and determination both on the field and in the community, and we're proud to nominate him for the Clemente Award," said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations. "Justin, Kourtney and the Justin Turner Foundation are irreplaceable civic assets, and we're grateful for their tireless work to better the lives of service men and women, veterans, underserved youth, and families battling life-altering illnesses."

 

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

 

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

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Dodgers select contract of Rocky Gale

The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of catcher Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City (#58). 

Gale, 30, appeared in 85 games with OKC this season, where he hit .281 (83-for-285) with four home runs and 34 RBI. Gale has played in 14 Major League games in the 2015 and 2017 seasons with the San Diego Padres prior to being signed by Los Angeles as a minor league free agent on February 25. The Portland, Oregon native has slashed .262/.306/.331 in 709 games over nine minor league seasons, and was named a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star with Oklahoma City this year.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of catcher Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City (#58). 

Gale, 30, appeared in 85 games with OKC this season, where he hit .281 (83-for-285) with four home runs and 34 RBI. Gale has played in 14 Major League games in the 2015 and 2017 seasons with the San Diego Padres prior to being signed by Los Angeles as a minor league free agent on February 25. The Portland, Oregon native has slashed .262/.306/.331 in 709 games over nine minor league seasons, and was named a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star with Oklahoma City this year.  

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers recalled right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
 

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Dodgers acquire David Freese

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired third baseman David Freese in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez on Friday. 

Freese, 35, has played in 93 games for Pittsburgh this season, hitting .282 with 29 runs, 10 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 42 RBI along with a .780 OPS. The veteran infielder has put up very similar splits against both right-handed and left-handed pitchers, hitting .284 (31-for-109) against southpaws compared to a .281 (36-for-128) mark against righties. Defensively, he has appeared in 54 games at third base and 15 games at first base this year, posting a combined .977 fielding percentage.

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired third baseman David Freese in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez on Friday. 

Freese, 35, has played in 93 games for Pittsburgh this season, hitting .282 with 29 runs, 10 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 42 RBI along with a .780 OPS. The veteran infielder has put up very similar splits against both right-handed and left-handed pitchers, hitting .284 (31-for-109) against southpaws compared to a .281 (36-for-128) mark against righties. Defensively, he has appeared in 54 games at third base and 15 games at first base this year, posting a combined .977 fielding percentage.

The 10-year Major League veteran was part of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship team where he earned the World Series MVP Award. The Corpus Christi, Texas native is a career .274/.347/.413 hitter with 182 doubles, 100 home runs and 497 RBI over 10 big leagues seasons with the Cardinals (2009-2013), Los Angeles Angels (2014-2015) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-2018). Freese was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Valdez, 20, made his professional debut with the DSL Dodgers this season after signing with the organization on July 20, 2017. In 60 games with the DSL Dodgers Guerrero, he has hit .230 with 44 runs, 11 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 27 RBI along with a .343 on-base percentage.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel to the 60-day disabled list (right elbow inflammation).

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Dodgers acquire Ryan Madson

The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson (#50) in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler.  

Madson, 38, has made 49 relief appearances with Washington this year, going 2-5 with four saves and a 5.28 ERA (26 ER/44.1 IP). The Long Beach native has been a member of two World Series championship clubs (2008 & 2015) in 13 Major League seasons with the Phillies (2003-2011), Royals (2015), A's (2016-2017) and Nationals (2017-2018), posting a 61-48 record with 91 saves and a 3.45 ERA in 731 games (18 starts).

The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson (#50) in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler.  

Madson, 38, has made 49 relief appearances with Washington this year, going 2-5 with four saves and a 5.28 ERA (26 ER/44.1 IP). The Long Beach native has been a member of two World Series championship clubs (2008 & 2015) in 13 Major League seasons with the Phillies (2003-2011), Royals (2015), A's (2016-2017) and Nationals (2017-2018), posting a 61-48 record with 91 saves and a 3.45 ERA in 731 games (18 starts).

Istler, 25, has spent the 2018 season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, combining for a 4-4 record, 2.53 ERA in 29 games (one start). He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore for assignment.

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Jaime Jarrín to be inducted into Dodgers' Ring of Honor on Sept. 21

Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will become the 12th inductee into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor and be recognized for his 60 years of service to the team during a pregame ceremony on Friday, September 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today. 

Jarrín will join 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. 

Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will become the 12th inductee into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor and be recognized for his 60 years of service to the team during a pregame ceremony on Friday, September 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today. 

Jarrín will join 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. 

Said Jarrín, "The Ring of Honor is something that I never dreamed about, and I'd like to thank the Dodgers from the bottom of my heart. To me, this honor is equal to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I'm humbled to be up there with Vin Scully and all the other Dodger greats. It's going to be a special night."

"On behalf of the Dodgers and Dodger fans, it's my honor to congratulate Jaime on reaching this milestone and thank him for serving as a great representative of our team and the game of baseball for 60 years," said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. "His place among the franchise greats is undisputed, and we're proud to welcome him into the team's Ring of Honor." 

"Congratulations to Jaime, my friend and mentor, on this great honor and 60 years with the Dodgers," said legendary Dodger pitcher and broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela. "I'll always remember your kindness and wisdom in helping a teenager acclimate to the Majors and then, many years later, showing me the ropes as a rookie broadcaster. You are the true definition of what it means to be a Dodger."

The ceremony will include tributes from players and broadcasters from around the baseball world. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the ceremony and also enjoy postgame Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny's.

During the course of his 60-year Dodger career, which begin 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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Dodgers reinstate Josh Fields

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

Fields, who missed 54 games with right shoulder inflammation, has appeared in 37 games with Los Angeles this season, going 2-2 with two saves and posting a 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP).

The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from the 60-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

Fields, who missed 54 games with right shoulder inflammation, has appeared in 37 games with Los Angeles this season, going 2-2 with two saves and posting a 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP).

Garcia, who was reinstated from the disabled list on August 24, has made 22 relief appearances for the Dodgers this season, posting a 1-2 record and 5.57 ERA (13 ER/21.0 IP) while striking out 17 batters and walking three.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated infielder Rob Segedin for assignment.

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