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Sandy Koufax to return to Dodgers as special advisor

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Dodger legend Sandy Koufax is set to return to the organization. (Getty Images)

Dodgers legend and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is close to rejoining the organization with which he spent his entire career.

The Dodgers have announced that Koufax, age 77, will work for the team in 2013 as a special advisor to team chairman Mark Walter. Koufax's duties will include working with Dodger pitchers in spring training and consulting with the team throughout the season.

"I'm delighted to be back with the Dodgers," Koufax said. "I'm looking forward to spending time with the team during spring training and to contributing in any way I can to help make the team a success for the fans of Los Angeles. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium."

Koufax was briefly estranged from the Dodgers in 2003 when a tasteless and invasive blind item ran in the New York Post, but shortly thereafter he was welcomed back into the fold by then new owner Frank McCourt.

In 12 seasons with the Dodgers (the first three in Brooklyn), Koufax won 165 games, three Cy Youngs and an MVP and posted a 2.76 ERA. He also boasted an ERA of 0.95 across eight World Series appearances. Koufax was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1972.

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