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1988 Dodgers Revisited

Staff Writer TIM KAWAKAMI Touches Base With The World Series Champions

September 15, 1998|TIM KAWAKAMI | Times Staff Writer

TOM LASORDA, manager.

What he's doing now: interim general manager, Dodgers.

Memory: "You know who I had out there in the last game of the World Series? Hershiser, Dempsey, Stubbs, Sax, Griffin, Hamilton, Hatcher in left, Shelby and Danny Heep in right. . . . [Before Game 4], I wasn't going to have a meeting that night. But then [Bill] Russell came over and told me that Mike Marshall couldn't play. And that really burned me up. So I had a meeting and did a little screaming and hollering. And then I turned on the television and [Bob] Costas comes out and says this may be the worst team ever put on the field in World Series history. That's when I said, 'Can you believe this guy? Can you believe it?' "



Notable 1988 numbers: had three home runs in regular season, all game-winners; one home run, which tied Game 4, in league championship series.

Left the Dodgers: after 1992 season.

What he's doing now: bench coach, Dodgers.

Memory: "What I remember is less the fabulous year Hershiser had or Gibson being MVP. It was the little things, like Mickey Hatcher moving the runner over, Franklin Stubbs getting key hits for us, Rick Dempsey coming off the bench and playing a good game for us, Alfredo Griffin. . . . That whole team was a bunch of gamers--guys who wanted to play, who wanted to win. We weren't the most individually talented club. But we were by far the best team."



What he's doing now: Dodger coach.

Memory: "I'll always remember the expression on Doc Gooden's face in the ninth inning [in Game 4 of the NL playoffs, ahead by two runs in the ninth] after he walked John Shelby. He had realized what he had done. And I think on the next pitch to [Mike] Scioscia, he was still thinking about that. He was upset with himself, and Scioscia hit the home run. When those two things happened, two things that didn't happen to a very, very good pitcher that often, I thought maybe it was our turn. I really did."


(*) DAVE ANDERSON, utility infielder.

Notable 1988 number: started 60 of 61 games from May 21 through July 24 after Alfredo Griffin broke his hand; Dodgers went 35-26 in that span.

Left the Dodgers: after 1989 season, returned in 1992 for 52 games.

What he's doing now: manager, double-A Jacksonville in Detroit Tiger organization.

Memory: "I think in the eight years I played in Los Angeles, that was the best year Tommy [Lasorda] had managing. He had a lot of veteran players, and I think Tommy likes having veteran ballplayers, because he knows they know how to play and he can use them in different situations."


TIM BELCHER, starting pitcher.

Notable 1988 number: Won nine of his last 11 regular-season decisions.

Left the Dodgers: after 1991 season.

What he's doing now: starting pitcher, Kansas City Royals.

Memory: "I think [the '88 season] made my career. I don't think there's any question about it. At the time I was traded to the Dodgers for Rick Honeycutt . . . I'd spent four years in the minor leagues, and I was becoming, in a lot of people's eyes, more of a suspect than a prospect. And to be a key member of a world's championship team in '88, rookie pitcher of the year and everything. . . . Had that move never happened or had we never won or had I never been an integral part of the winning, I think my career would've been quite a bit different."


(-) TIM CREWS, relief pitcher.

Notable 1988 number: 4-0 in 42 appearances; left off postseason roster after acquisition of Ricky Horton.

Left the Dodgers: after 1992 season.

Died in boating accident, March 23, 1993.


FRED CLAIRE, executive vice president.

Left the Dodgers: fired this season.

Memory: "I remember what happened to Gilberto Reyes. Scioscia injured his back [in Game 4 of the World Series] and we had gotten permission from [then-Commissioner] Peter Ueberroth to bring Reyes to Oakland. I had him fly in from the Dominican. He flies out--he got there the night of what proved to be the final game. He walks into the clubhouse about the time they started popping champagne bottles. The guy has flown in all the way from the Dominican Republic to get soaked in champagne."



Notable 1988 number: hit career-low .199.

Left the Dodgers: after 1991 season.

What he's doing now: manager, Dominican Winter League.


DANNY HEEP, reserve first baseman and outfielder.

Notable 1988 number: hit .305 in 35 starts.

Left the Dodgers: after 1988 season.

What he's doing now: baseball coach, University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.


MIKE DAVIS, reserve outfielder.

Notable 1988 number: Hit only two home runs in regular season, but hit two-run shot in World Series, clinching Game 5.

Left the Dodgers: after 1989 season.

What he's doing now: part-owner, International Scanning Systems, a company that converts information on paper to CD-ROM. Living in Santa Clarita.

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