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October 24, 2018
Watching the World Series? Look for these ties to Vero Beach in the Fall Classic
Vero Beach residents tuning in to watch the 2018 World Series may recognize some familiar names and faces.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, outfielder Matt Kemp and All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw all spent time in Vero Beach, when the Dodgers held Spring Training at Dodgertown – Vero Beach.
Roberts played for the Dodgers during the 2002 to 2004 seasons.
Honeycutt pitched for the Dodgers from 1983 to 1987, then following his playing career was named the Dodgers pitching coach in 2006.
Kemp joined the major leagues in 2006 with the Dodgers and played with the team through 2014 before rejoining the organization this year.
Future Hall of Famer Kershaw was drafted by the Dodgers in June, 2006 and spent his first two professional Spring Trainings at Dodgertown – Vero Beach.
The Boston Red Sox’s nod to Vero Beach comes from manager Alex Cora, pitching coach Ron Roenicke, first base coach Tom Goodwin and assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, plus pitcher David Price.
Cora started his professional playing career with the Dodgers and not only traveled to Vero Beach for Spring Training, he also played for the single-A Vero Beach Dodgers for all or parts of the 1996 to 2000 seasons.
Roenicke was on the Dodgers major league roster as an outfielder from 1981 to 1983, then again as a coach from 1992 to 1993.
From 1989 to 1993, Goodwin played for the Dodgers, starting his professional baseball career in the minor league system in 1989 before moving up to the majors. He later rejoined the team from 2000 to 2001.
Last year Barkett was invited by Historic Dodgertown by the Chinese Women’s National Softball Team, then under the direction of head coach Teresa Wilson, to lead hitting sessions for one week. Barkett has family ties to Vero Beach and during his visit last year recalled playing golf on the former Dodgertown golf course.
In 2008, Price played at Holman Stadium as a member of the single-A Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor league team, where he made the first six starts of his professional career. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2004, but did not sign. Three years later, in 2007, he was the first round, first pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. He went on to several post-season appearances with the Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and now the Red Sox.
Price will start tonight’s game against the Dodgers.
So when watching the World Series this week, you can be sure Vero Beach is well represented!
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532