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August 27, 1988
Let's not kid ourselves. The Dodgers did not trade Pedro Guerrero for John Tudor to win the pennant, or even to improve the ballclub. They did it to save money. Instead of letting Guerrero become a free agent, the club dealt him, got what they could and saved a million dollars. It was an excellent move for business, but a horrible move for baseball. MARK VASQUEZ Long Beach
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October 1, 1990 | Associated Press
John Tudor, the St. Louis Cardinals' left-hander facing shoulder surgery and retirement, says he does not plan to play next year. "I've got cartilage tears in both the front and back of the shoulder," said Tudor, who is expected to retire. Tudor, 36, leads the Cardinals' staff with a 12-4 record and 2.40 earned-run average in a successful comeback from an injury-plagued 1989. In 1989, he was limited to 14 1/3 innings with the Dodgers.
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July 12, 1986
For the past eight years, Steve Carlton has bit the hand that feeds, refusing to grant interviews or speak to sports writers. Now 41, and clearly a washed up hanger-on, he has decided he could use some sympathy and publicity. So, he calls a press conference to tell the fans he can still pitch. Like we care. The incredible thing is the media turns out in droves and makes a big deal out of this event. If you guys were smart, you would not have shown up for the press conference, and then maybe the next Steve Carlton or John Tudor would have to think twice about acting like a spoiled child for the majority of his career.
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August 1, 1990 | DAN HAFNER
All season long the Dodgers have searched for a fifth starter. They rejected John Tudor, the left-hander who has kept the St. Louis Cardinals from collapsing. When the Dodgers rejected Tudor, who missed most of last season because of elbow and shoulder problems, he signed as a free agent with the Cardinals. At the time no one, including Tudor, knew whether he could even pitch. There is no longer any doubt. Although his best fastball rarely exceeds 80 m.p.h.
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October 19, 1988 | Jim Murray
It was a one-swing ballgame. Just when you were beginning to wonder what was so great about the Oakland Athletics, as you were about to ask "Jose Canseco, where are you?" or say "Mark McGwire, call your office," Mark McGwire checked in. Three hours and 21 minutes into a boring game, well into his 10th at-bat and on the threshold of his third strikeout of the game, McGwire did what the Athletics are supposed to do--hit it out of the lot. Before that, it had been like watching a silent movie.
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October 14, 1987 | Mike Downey
Yes, John Tudor said, I do think Jeffrey Leonard is a jerk. No, he said, I do not think you should throw things at him. Yes, John Tudor said, I do think they should mix in a little rock-and-roll with all that organ music. No, he said, I did not intend to insult the Busch Stadium organist. Yes, John Tudor said, I do think Whitey Herzog knew what he was doing when he put pitcher Todd Worrell in right field.
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October 1, 1990 | Associated Press
John Tudor, the St. Louis Cardinals' left-hander facing shoulder surgery and retirement, says he does not plan to play next year. "I've got cartilage tears in both the front and back of the shoulder," said Tudor, who is expected to retire. Tudor, 36, leads the Cardinals' staff with a 12-4 record and 2.40 earned-run average in a successful comeback from an injury-plagued 1989. In 1989, he was limited to 14 1/3 innings with the Dodgers.
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October 25, 1988
The Dodgers said Monday that pitcher John Tudor and catchers Mike Scioscia and Rick Dempsey will undergo surgery Thursday by Dr. Frank Jobe at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. Tudor will undergo operations in three different areas.
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October 28, 1988
Dodger left-hander John Tudor underwent reconstructive surgery to his left elbow Thursday, and Dr. Frank Jobe, who performed it, said Tudor should be able to return to full-time duty by July. Tudor had an operation similar to the one Jobe performed on Tommy John in 1974, which was so successful that John was still pitching this season at age 45. A tendon was taken from Tudor's left forearm and grafted to the elbow.
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November 16, 1989 | Associated Press
Free agent left-hander John Tudor may become a member of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff again, if Manager Whitey Herzog gets his wish. "I'd take him right away," Herzog said of Tudor, who pitched in just six games for the Dodgers last season after having off-season surgery on his left shoulder, elbow and knee. "You look at our situation, and we've got a lot of question marks. Not that John wouldn't be a question mark, but if he says he can pitch, he can pitch."
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May 30, 1990 | From Associated Press
John Tudor stopped a St. Louis Cardinals' slump for the fifth time this season Tuesday, yielding five hits over seven innings and leading St. Louis to a 3-2 victory at Houston. The Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak. Each of Tudor's victories has halted a team drought. "I'm not looking for that kind of publicity. It just means we've lost a lot of games," Tudor said. "I place no importance on that at all." Tudor (5-2) struck out three in seven innings. He had not won since April 28.
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April 25, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Tudor, the St. Louis Cardinal pitcher who has won three games in the past two weeks after winning only four in parts of two years with the Dodgers, was smiling Tuesday. For those at Dodger Stadium who had never seen him with that expression, yes, that was a smile. And why not? After having to devote the entire 1989 season to rehabilitation of a surgically repaired left shoulder, Tudor has since experienced nothing but wonderful. He is pitching without pain. He is pitching with run support.
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December 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
Pitcher John Tudor, frequently disabled in recent seasons, signed a one-year contract Thursday for a guaranteed $450,000 with his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. The left-hander, disabled most of last season and 1987, became the third free-agent pitcher signed by the Cardinals in the past three weeks. The Cardinals signed Bryn Smith on Nov. 28 and Frank DiPino on Wednesday. The 35-year-old left-hander was traded to the Dodgers for first baseman Pedro Guerrero in August of 1988.
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December 15, 1989 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid an off-season that is looking strangely like last summer, the Dodgers lost free agent pitcher John Tudor Thursday and could be losing free agent pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. Tudor, deciding he needed to pitch more than three times a month as he did in September, turned down a competitive Dodger offer and signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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November 16, 1989 | Associated Press
Free agent left-hander John Tudor may become a member of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff again, if Manager Whitey Herzog gets his wish. "I'd take him right away," Herzog said of Tudor, who pitched in just six games for the Dodgers last season after having off-season surgery on his left shoulder, elbow and knee. "You look at our situation, and we've got a lot of question marks. Not that John wouldn't be a question mark, but if he says he can pitch, he can pitch."
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August 20, 1989 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
Dodger pitcher John Tudor said Saturday that missing most of this year because of shoulder problems might alter his plans to retire after the season. Tudor said he will reevaluate his future this winter when, as a free agent, he might seek a one-year contract that would only pay him if he pitches. "I was going to play one more year; this was going to be it," said Tudor, 35, who pitched three games this season before being disabled July 8 because of a sore left shoulder.
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