December 5, 1998
Just so I get this straight, in the event I may have to explain it to my grandchildren some day: The Dodgers trade arguably the best-hitting catcher ever for one who supposedly is better defensively but couldn't hit a grapefruit if it was handed to him, and then turn around and trade him for a guy who, granted, once hit 41 homers but averages a homer every 21 at-bats and, by some accounts, might have to roll the ball back to the pitcher. Brilliant. HANK HAZELWOOD, Huntington Beach Re: Bill Plaschke's article about the trade of Mike Piazza and the acquisition of Todd Hundley: Yes, I can come to a different conclusion than you. Although losing Mike Piazza was unfortunate, the trade was not. You seem to forget that the Dodgers wouldn't give Mike the extra year and $91 million that the Mets did. Mike's greed, his unwillingness to settle for a little less to stay in L.A., forced the Dodgers to move him. Ultimately, the Dodgers have an excellent catcher, maybe not in Piazza's league but certainly within striking distance, for a whole lot less money.
December 14, 2002
I am not sure what mental state the Dodger front office was in when they concluded to make the trade to bring catcher Todd Hundley to the West Coast, but we Chicagoans are delighted. Dodger fans, you now have on your hands a self-absorbed, overpaid catcher, who will likely strike out about 40% of the time. And I hope your schedule does not include too many day games. If so, poor Todd will likely complain, as he did in Chicago, that having to get to the ballpark at 11 a.m. for a day game just does not suit his time clock.
December 10, 2000 |
Todd Hundley is going home, having agreed Saturday to a four-year, $23.5-million contract with the Chicago Cubs. "This is really like a dream come true for me," said the former Dodger catcher, reared near Chicago while his father, Randy, was a catcher for the Cubs in the 1960s and '70s. "This is something that I've been thinking about for a long time, definitely the last couple of years.
June 23, 1999 |
It appears that pitcher Carlos Perez and catcher Todd Hundley will return to action Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. Dodger Manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday the struggling players probably will form the starting battery during that afternoon game at 3Com Park. Johnson recently bumped Perez from the starting rotation and relegated Hundley to pinch-hitting duty because of their poor performances this season.
June 12, 1999
I think one of the worst trades in recent Dodger history was when they traded away their all-star catcher. (And I'm not talking about the Piazza fiasco.) Trading Gold Glover Charles Johnson and the speedy Roger Cedeno, who leads the league in steals, for Todd Hundley, who couldn't throw out my grandmother trying to steal second base, is one of Kevin Malone's worst moves. Davey Johnson tries to defend Hundley by saying his pitchers are responsible for keeping runners close, but Johnson was also the one who said a "village idiot" could win with the talent on this team.
September 10, 1997 |
New York Met catcher Todd Hundley suffered a hyperextended right elbow while striking out Tuesday night and will undergo an MRI exam today. Hundley left the game after fanning against Philadelphia's Tyler Green in the first inning. X-rays revealed at least two bone chips and possibly three. "If it shows the ligament's lengthened, then it will be rest," Hundley said of the MRI. "If it's detached, then it's Tommy John surgery."
July 7, 1997 |
Injuries continue to affect the National League All-Star team as players are being shuffled on and off the roster. The most recent casualties are Atlanta outfielder Kenny Lofton and New York Met catcher Todd Hundley. Lofton, traded by the Cleveland Indians to Atlanta during spring training, will not play in the All-Star game at Cleveland on Tuesday because of a groin injury. "He can't go today," Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox said Sunday before the Braves' game against the Montreal Expos.
September 12, 2000 |
The Dodgers face future problems as this disappointing season closes. They have decided not to re-sign productive catcher Todd Hundley, who can become a free agent after the season, creating a hole in the batting order and clubhouse. And pitcher Chan Ho Park, having another strong season, will receive a huge raise that might make it impossible for the Dodgers to meet their goal of a 2001 payroll under $100 million.
March 3, 1999 |
Dodger Manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday that catcher Todd Hundley will sit out the first week of Grapefruit League play as a precautionary measure to protect his reconstructed right elbow. Hundley missed most of the 1998 season after undergoing surgery on his throwing elbow in September 1997. Team physicians have said Hundley's elbow should be fine, and Hundley said he has not experienced any setbacks in his rehabilitation since he arrived at Dodgertown.