Dodger Stadium Retirement Ceremony Set for Andre Ethier

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A retirement ceremony for two-time all-star outfielder Andre Ethier will precede Friday evening’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros interleague game at Dodger Stadium.

The 6:45 p.m. ceremony will be emceed by actor Jason Bateman and include video tributes from current and former Dodgers. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as a capacity crowd is expected.

Ethier, 36, played all 12 of his Major League seasons with the Dodgers, helping them to seven National League West titles and eight postseason appearances from 2006-17.

Ethier batted .285 with 303 doubles, 162 home runs and 687 RBI in 1,455 games, earning all-star selections in 2010 and 2011, a 2009 Silver Slugger Award and a 2011 Gold Glove.

Ethier’s 14 walk-off RBI are the second most in Los Angeles history, behind Dusty Baker’s 16.

Ethier is seventh in Los Angeles Dodgers history in hits (1,367) and games (1,455), fourth in extra-base hits (499), third in doubles (303), sixth in RBI (687) and tied for eighth in home runs (162).

Ethier holds the Los Angeles records for hit by pitches (58) and consecutive hits (10), tying Ed Konetchy’s franchise record set in 1919. His 30- game hitting streak in 2011 is the second longest in franchise history behind Willie Davis’ 31-game streak in 1969.

In his final major league plate appearance, Ethier’s pinch-hit sixth- inning single drove in Joc Pederson with the Dodgers lone run in their 5-1 loss to the Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

The Dodgers declined their option on Ethier’s contract following the 2017 season.

Ethier was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 2003 first-year player draft out of Arizona State and acquired by the Dodgers in a December 2005 trade in exchange for outfielder Milton Bradley and infielder Antonio Perez.

Ethier donated $375,000 to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the team’s official charity, during his playing career. These funds were used to revitalize and rename the Union Rescue Mission Learning Center The Maggie and Andre Ethier Learning Center, which provides classes to homeless men and women.

Ethier’s contributions also supported four-year scholarships for three current Jackie Robinson Foundation/Ethier Family Scholars attending Arizona State and the University of Arizona.

Ethier also partnered with the foundation on Dre Dayz, a program that afforded over 700 youth from 24 organizations supported by LADF the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and the game from a premium suite.

“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.”

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Dodger Stadium Retirement Ceremony Set for Andre Ethier
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A retirement ceremony for two-time all-star outfielder Andre Ethier will precede Friday evening's Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros interleague game at Dodger Stadium.
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