The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate the 12-year career of outfielder Andre Ethier and honor him with a pregame retirement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3 prior to the team’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Houston Astros.
Actor Jason Bateman will serve as master of ceremonies and teammates past and present will pay tribute to Ethier.
“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier said. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there. I’m humbled by this evening and look forward to sharing it all with you.”
Ethier, 36, played all 12 of his Major League seasons with the Dodgers and helped lead the team to seven division titles and eight postseason appearances from 2006-17. He batted .285 with 303 doubles, 162 home runs and 687 RBI in 1,455 games.
Ethier earned a reputation for coming through in the clutch. Fittingly, his last Major League at-bat resulted in a pinch-hit RBI single in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros.
Ethier was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and acquired by the Dodgers in a December 2005 trade.
Ethier provided support to underserved communities including $375,000 in donations to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. The funds were used to revitalize and rename the Union Rescue Mission Learning Center as The Maggie and Andre Ethier Learning Center, which provides classes to homeless men and women. His contributions also supported four-year scholarships for three current Jackie Robinson Foundation/Ethier Family Scholars attending college at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
For information, visit dodgers.com.
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