Blogging from Albuquerque New Mexico about the Los Angeles Dodgers, Albuquerque Isotopes, and Baseball. Just like millions of Dodger fans around the world I Bleed Dodger Blue 2. A member of Rio Grande SABR. All photos were taken by me Evan Chavez
This morning the Rio Grande SABR Chapter held it's monthly meeting at Isotopes Park. This months guest speaker was the 1987 first round pick (8th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers Dan Opperman.
Photo Credit Evan: Dann Opperman speaks to members of the Rio Grande SABR chapter
Dan's a graduate of Valley High School in Las Vegas Nevada. He was classmates and teammates with former Major League pitcher Greg Maddux and Steve Rodriguez former major league baseball infielder, and current head coach of the Pepperdine University baseball team.
Dan's career was shortened by injuries, and made it as high as Triple-A Albuquerque. While playing for the Dukes he was 7-7 with a 5.25 ERA.
Dan Opperman poses for a picture with Evan
After his baseball carreer ended he attended college and is now an attorney. He now lives in Albuquerque and is an assistant coach at La Cueva High School.
"As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody's day." Vin Scully
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson
"My wife told me you love the Dodgers and baseball more than you love me and I told her ye but I love you more than football and basketball." Tommy Lasorda
“I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky. " Tommy Lasorda
"If somebody comes up to you and says i'm a Twin i'd say where is your brother or sister. If somebody says i'm a Cardinal i'd say work hard your next step is Pope, but when you say i'm a Dodger you know immediately they are are with the best organization in baseball." Tommy Lasorda
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Dodger Cy Young Winners
Clayton Kershaw 2011
Eric Gagne 2003
Orel Hershiser 1988
Fernando Valenzuela 1981
Mike Marshall 1974
Sandy Koufax 1966
Sandy Koufax 1965
Sandy Koufax 1963
Don Drysdale 1962
Don Newcombe 1956
Dodger All-Star Game MVP
Mike Piazza 1996 Steve Garvey 1978 Don Sutton 1977 Steve Garvey 1974 Maury Wills (Game 1) 1962
Dodger World Series MVP
Orel Hershiser 1988 Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager 1981 Sandy Koufax 1965 Sandy Koufax 1963 Larry Sherry 1959 Johnny Podres 1955
Dodger Rookies of the Year
Todd Hollandsworth 1996 Hideo Nomo 1995 Raul Mondesi 1994 Mike Piazza 1993 Eric Karros 1992 Steve Sax 1982 Fernando Valenzuela 1981 Steve Howe 1980 Rick Sutcliffe 1979 Ted Sizemore 1969 Jim Lefebvre 1965 Frank Howard 1960 Jim Gilliam 1953 Joe Black 1952 Don Newcombe 1949 Jackie Robinson 1947