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Video: Rick Monday on playing at Wrigley Field

Before Saturday’s game, Dodger broadcaster Rick Monday, a Chicago Cub before his trade to the Dodgers in 1976, talked about the nuances of playing ball in Wrigley Field.

— Jon Weisman

#VinTop20: No. 8, Monday captures the flag

Between now and Vin Scully Appreciation Day on September 23, the Dodgers are revealing the results of the fan vote ranking Scully’s top 20 Dodger calls of all time, one at each home game. Here’s No. 8: Rick Monday captures the flag.

— Jon Weisman

No. 9, ‘We go to Chicago!’
No. 10, Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter
No. 11, Joe Ferguson’s throw
No. 12, Fernandomania begins
No. 13, ‘The Squeeze!’
No. 14, Nomo’s No-No
No. 15, the 4+1 Game
No. 16, Don Drysdale’s streak stays alive
No. 17, Mike Piazza, Giant-slayer
No. 18, Yasiel Puig’s first slam
No. 19, Manny’s Bobbleslam
No. 20, Mark McGwire hits it way, way out

Steiner-Monday duo coming back for more

Photos: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Photos: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Rick Monday and Charley Steiner have signed new multiyear contracts to remain the Dodgers’ radio broadcast team.

“Rick and Charley have been a great team in the broadcast booth,” Dodger executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said. “The combination of the two talents over the past 12 years has provided Dodger fans a thoroughly enjoyable journey through each and every game. We look forward to them continuing for many years to come.”

The pair will continue calling games on the Dodgers’ flagship station AM 570 LA Sports and across the Dodger radio network.


Rick Monday: An American hero


By Mark Langill

Arguably the greatest moment in the history of Dodger Stadium doesn’t belong to a Dodger. It wasn’t a big hit or dominating pitching performance. It wasn’t a spectacular catch of a baseball or a clutch stolen base that changed the momentum of a playoff series.


Emotional first-pitch salute to Vin Scully opens 2016 season at Dodger Stadium

By Jon Weisman

In a breathtaking experience that traversed Dodger history from Don Newcombe to Clayton Kershaw, Vin Scully received an emotional tribute before the first pitch of his final Opening Day at Dodger Stadium as the team’s broadcaster.

Al Michaels, who was considered by some a possible successor to Scully four decades ago, hosted the tribute that mixed video (including messages from Henry Aaron and Kirk Gibson) with live presentations.

The roll call of Dodgers that took the field went as follows: Newcombe, Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Al Downing, Rick Monday, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Lasorda and Kershaw, with Magic Johnson and Peter O’Malley then escorting Scully on to the hallowed stadium grass, before an enormous standing ovation from the crowd.

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Top series by Jon SooHoo, bottom by Juan Ocampo

A baseball autographed by every participant was then passed down the line to Scully, who truly looked moved by the moment and said afterward he was “overwhelmed.”

Watching him from ground level, as the scoreboard camera circled around him for its closeup, I never felt more how much of a living legend we were privileged to know, and to call our own.


Rick Monday, Tom Paciorek, J.D. Drew elected to College Baseball Hall

Rick Monday kneeling 1965

TPBy Jon Weisman

Three former Dodgers — Rick Monday, Tom Paciorek and J.D. Drew — have been elected to the 2016 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Monday, the current broadcaster whose capture-the-flag exploits and 1981 National League Championship Series-winning home run made him a Dodger legend, was the first draft pick in MLB history after The Sporting News named him 1965 National Player of the Year.  We chronicled Monday’s journey from college to draft groundbreaker in a Dodger Insider feature last summer.

Drew, who had a .905 OPS for the Dodgers from 2004-05 and was part of the heroic 4+1 quintet, was a two-time All-American and consensus national player of the year awards in 1997 for Florida State.

Paciorek, who played the first six seasons of his 18-year MLB career with the Dodgers, was an All-American in 1967 and 1968 and hit .435 in 1967 for Houston.

Tony Gwynn Jr., Tim Cates join Dodger Talk team

GwynnBy Jon Weisman

Former Dodger outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has joined the Dodger Talk team for AM 570 LA Sports Radio. 

In addition, Tim Cates will host the Dodgers pregame show for the first time, incorporating reports from Rick Monday and David Vassegh leading up to the game.

Vassegh is returning for his fifth season to the Dodger Talk postgame show, where he will be joined by Gwynn with contributions from Monday, Charley Steiner, Alanna Rizzo and Ned Colletti.

Dodger Talk can be heard each night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Spring Training and, beginning March 31 with the Freeway Series against the Angels, following every game through the 2016 season.

Known as a top defensive outfielder, Gwynn had a .309 on-base percentage and 80 steals in 106 attempts across his 685-game big-league career from 2006-14. That includes 239 games with the Dodgers in 2011-12, when he had 10 triples and 35 steals. Gwynn tied or led the Dodgers in triples both years.

Cates tn_1200_Tim-WoodenA UCLA graduate, Cates has worked in sports talk radio for almost 20 years, covering the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl and NCAA Final Fours, and serving as a producer, reporter and host on Fox Sports Radio Network and AM 570 LA Sports. Most recently, Cates has hosted UCLA football and basketball pregame and postgame shows, and can also be heard as the studio host for Compass Media Networks coverage of the Oakland Raiders and NCAA football and basketball.

Scully, Jarrin, Hershiser, Monday win kudos at Southern California Sports Broadcaster Awards

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Photos by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers BroadcastersBy Jon Weisman

Vin Scully won two awards for best play-by-play — in radio and in television — at the 25th annual Southern California Sports Broadcaster Awards, announced today at the Lakeside Golf Club.

Jaime Jarrin was named best foreign-language play-by-play announcer, while Orel Hershiser was the winner in TV color analysis and Rick Monday in radio color commentary.

Scully, Jarin and Monday are all in the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Scully has won the radio award, named in honor of Chick Hearn, 18 times since its inception in 1991, and the TV award 13 times. (Winners of three consecutive awards in a category are not eligible to repeat for one year.)

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.07.43 PMJarrin won his ninth career award since foreign-language broadcasters were first recognized in 2003, and Monday his fifth.

Ann Meyers Drysdale also received a special award, the Chuck Benedict/Stu Nahan President’s Award, while former Dodger executive Tommy Hawkins won the Gil Stratton Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dodger playoff series rarely go to final game


Dodger winner-take-all playoff games
10/12/88: *Dodgers 6, Mets 0 (NLCS)
10/19/81: Dodgers 2, *Expos 1 (NLCS)
10/11/81: *Dodgers 4, Astros 0 (NLDS)
10/14/65: Dodgers 2, *Twins 0 (WS)
10/10/56: Yankees 9, *Dodgers 0 (WS)
10/4/55: *Dodgers 2, Yankees 0 (WS)
10/7/52: Yankees 4, *Dodgers 2 (WS)
10/6/47: *Yankees 5, Dodgers 2 (WS)
*home team

By Jon Weisman

The last time the Dodgers played in a winner-take-all playoff game, the winning pitcher was Orel Hershiser.

That was October 12, 1988, when Hershiser pitched the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory in Game 7 of the 1988 National League Championship Series (a series that receives some fine oral history treatment from Lyle Spencer of

For all the talk of home-field advantage in the postseason, the Dodgers have been in 12 playoff series since the last time one of them went down to the final game. Will this year be different? We’re certainly due.

The last time the Dodgers played the final game of a playoff series on the road was October 19, 1981, when Rick Monday homered in the ninth and Bob Welch got the final out for Fernando Valenzuela to win Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS.

In fact, the Dodgers haven’t lost a winner-take-all playoff game since Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, and haven’t lost one on the road since Game 7 of the 1952 World Series. The Dodgers are 5-3 overall in winner-take-all playoff games, triumphing in their past four, and have pitched shutouts in half of them.

The grandest fiesta of the year is Saturday at Dodger Stadium

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 8.41.37 PMBy Cary Osborne

Consider it Sabado Gigante!

Saturday’s 18th annual La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers event will be huge. There will be on-stage interviews, chances for autographs and photos and musical performances.

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers is the culmination of the season-long series of family-friendly events celebrating Latino culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latino Dodgers past and present. It will go from 2-6 p.m. at the historic 76 station and is free for fans holding a ticket to Saturday’s 6:10 p.m. game against San Diego.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (866) DODGERS or by visiting

Dodger players scheduled to participate in the Viva party include Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Alex Guerrero, Kiké Hernandez, Juan Nicasio, Joel Peralta and Ronald Torreyes. La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers will also feature live music presented by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Sonsoles, Los 5 and Sinverguenza.

The celebration will also include participation by the Dodgers’ Spanish-language broadcast teams: Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Jorge Jarrín, Manny Mota, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela. Dodger broadcaster Rick Monday will also be on hand for autographs. Dodger alums Ron Cey and Al Ferrara will participate along with Dodger scout Mike Brito.

WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will also make a special appearance. Cotto is the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world championships in four weight divisions. On Saturday, November 21, he defends his titles against Mexico’s two-time World Champion Canelo Alvarez at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Cotto will also throw tomorrow’s ceremonial first pitch and Kiké Hernandez will catch for Cotto. Also as part of Viva Los Dodgers, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez will perform on the field pregame at 5:35 p.m. and will also perform the national anthem.

Complete details on La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers presented by Coca-Cola, State Farm and Time Warner Cable can be found by visiting or