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Live discussion: How will the Dodgers and Angels do this season?

February 19, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Spring training is here, and many baseball fans in the Southland are expecting a Dodgers-Angels World Series. Join us here at 10:30 a.m. today for a live video chat with Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna as they discuss the two teams.

Another topic: The return of Sandy Koufax to the Dodgers. As Bill Plaschke wrote earlier this week,

"Sandy Koufax, the greatest living Dodger, was officially returning to work for the only baseball home he's ever known.

"I'd like to see this organization be a winner again,'' Koufax said. ''I don't know if I can do that much, but I'm going to try and help.''

"The intensely private former pitcher arrived at spring training to begin a two-week stint as a pitching instructor as part of a one-year contract that will put him back in a Dodgers uniform for the first time in more than 20 years.

"On a clear and sunny day in the desert, chills were everywhere.

"When Koufax walked from the main building to a practice field in his sweats, the camp buzz became a dull roar as a couple of hundred fans rushed the ropes to welcome him. When he stepped onto the grass toward the pitching mound, Clayton Kershaw hugged him. When he began supervising pickoff plays with several pitchers, most of the folks in camp had turned to watch.

"Nearby, Dodgers marketing boss Lon Rosen was speaking on the phone to Dodgers partner Magic Johnson.

"Earvin, I've got to go," he said. "Somebody more famous than you just showed up."

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