It's Time for the Legends of Dodger Baseball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Friday that they will honor former players Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela as part of the inaugural class of the "Legends of Dodger Baseball," during a pregame ceremony in 2019.
The announcement comes ahead of legendary Dodgers Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrín's Ring of Honor induction ceremony, an honor that none of the aforementioned players have achieved yet.
In lieu of the Ring of Honor, the Dodgers have created the "Legends of Dodger Baseball," to recognize players that have made an impact on the franchise both on and off the field. It's no surprise that the team choose players who are still a part of the team in an official capacity.
Newcombe rejoined the organization in 1970 as the team's Director of Community Affairs, and became a special advisor to the chairman in 2009.
Garvey spent 15 years working for the Dodgers in the Community Affairs department and as a consultant for community relations. He is frequently in attendance for most home Dodgers games, and greets fans and signs autographs outside the left field pavillion throughout the season.
Valenzuela returned to the Dodgers organization in 2003 as the Spanish Language radio color commentator joining Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Ýñiguez. In 2015, he joined Spectrum SportsNetLA as the color commentator on the television feed.
All three legendary players will recive a plaque honoring their achievements that will remain on permanent display inside Dodger Stadium.
"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, in a statement released by the team. "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.
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. pic.twitter.com/Vm5Ot7XUHq — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 21, 2018