September 5, 1996 |
He broke his left hand in a collision at home plate in 1994 and broke his left wrist in another last year. "There's so much arthritis in there already that I know I'll probably lose the use of it at some point in the future," Todd Hundley said. "It hurts like hell almost every day, but that's the way it is as a catcher. My dad gave his body to the game. I'm going to lose my wrist to it. "It's like football. If a catcher comes out with everything he came in with, he has to be very lucky."
April 8, 1999 |
Although the Dodgers are three games into the season, catcher Todd Hundley feels he's working on a slightly different schedule. "I'm still kind of in spring training," said Hundley, who was held back in February and for most of March because he had muscle soreness in his throwing elbow, which underwent reconstructive surgery in September of 1997. His elbow, he said, "is as good as to be expected. It's just a matter of getting into it and getting sharp."
May 28, 1999 |
Catcher Todd Hundley is amused by recent speculation that he's moving to first base because management plans to trade Eric Karros. "I was joking with E.K. about that whole thing the other day," Hundley said Thursday before the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. "I told him, 'Yeah, did you see the big lineup change? I'm going to first and you're going to catch.' Pretty crazy, huh?" Not according to some.
August 4, 2001 |
Catcher Todd Hundley signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs last December after two seasons with the Dodgers, and he did not anticipate having much time to reminisce with former teammates Friday in his first trip back to Dodger Stadium. Not with hard-throwing Cub right-hander Kerry Wood on the mound.
June 24, 2001 |
Winning is generally contagious--hitters feeding off hitters, pitchers off pitchers. Former Dodger catcher Todd Hundley, however, has been immune to whatever mysterious bug has bit the Chicago Cubs as they continue to lead the National League Central. The Cubs put Hundley on the disabled list Tuesday. He has a strained back and bat, and is basically suffering from mental exhaustion and frustration in the attempt to end a seasonlong slump.
August 30, 2000 |
Catcher Todd Hundley, a force offensively and in the clubhouse, hopes to end his career with the Dodgers. "We've got a great group of guys," said Hundley, a free agent after the season. "I'm happy here, I know we can get it done, and I'd like to be a part of that." The Dodgers bought out Hundley's contract option for next season after General Manager Kevin Malone acquired Hundley from the New York Mets in a three-team deal in December 1998.
June 16, 2000 |
Catcher Todd Hundley took batting practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained right rib-cage muscle, and the switch-hitter hopes to return from the disabled list early next week. Hundley said he "felt fine" after batting right-handed, taking the first step toward being activated. Hundley plans to bat left-handed today unless he experiences problems from Thursday's work. He also has been throwing for several days without pain.
May 7, 2000 |
Todd Hundley has heard all the talk, that he was broken down, that his monster 1996 season was a fluke, that he came back from elbow problems too soon last year and hurt the Dodger pitching staff. He has quietly gone about his business as a sort of forgotten man in the Dodgers' potent lineup. Until Saturday. The Dodger catcher's third-inning grand slam keyed the 9-6 victory over the Houston Astros in front of 44,345 at Dodger Stadium.
April 18, 2003 |
Twenty times this season, through the seventh inning of Thursday night's game against San Diego, Dodger Manager Jim Tracy sent a player from what was supposed to be a vastly improved bench into the game to bat. All 20 times that player failed to produce a hit.
May 17, 1992 |
It was a bright night at Dodger Stadium, but another dark day for the Dodgers. Such are the fortunes of this team. After watching right-hander Tom Candiotti beat the New York Mets, 2-0, Saturday night before 44,873, the Dodgers learned that outfielder Darryl Strawberry has been put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday because of a herniated disk in the lower back. No surgery is planned at this time. "It's amazing, isn't it?" said Tom Lasorda, the Dodgers' downcast manager.