Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been elected to the 2020 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class.
He’s joined by legendary PGA golfer and Arizona State University alum Phil Mickelson, former Phoenix Suns star and coach Paul Westphal, Phoenix Mercury and Suns executive Ann Meyers Drysdale, former ASU basketball star Joe Caldwell, former Arizona Diamondbacks executive Roland Hemond and former Thunderbirds executive director John Bridger.
The new members, selected by a vote of trustee and the public, will be honored during the Crest Insurance Group Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 23, 2021, at The Phoenician.
To be eligible for the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, an individual must be a native of Arizona, immediately recognized as an Arizonan and/or have made at least two significant contributions to the athletics community in the state.
Ethier, a Phoenix native, graduated from St. Mary’s High School and went on to play his college ball at Arizona State University. Considered one of the greatest hitters in Sun Devils history, Ethier batted a lifetime .371, took home All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 and 2003, and finished his career with a 23-game hitting streak. Arizona state retired his jersey in February 2016.
Ethier was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the 2003 MLB Draft, but never played a Major League game for the organization. He was traded to the Dodgers in December 2005 and remained there through the 2017 season.
In 12 years with the Dodgers, he was a two-time All-Star, won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards, and finished his career batting .285/.359/.463 while having appeared in 1,455 games.
Ethier retired with a Dodgers franchise record of 51 postseason games played, though that was broken by Yasiel Puig as he reached 58 in 2018.
Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo helped Ethier create lasting memory of Dodger Stadium
Earlier this year, Ethier detailed how Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo helped him create a lasting memory and image of Dodger Stadium.
A high-resolution image of the ballpark was turned into a wallpaper for Ethier’s home batting cage, which he explained helps remind him of his career and also gives his children a glimpse at what playing at Dodger Stadium entailed.
Ethier not only has a batting cage inside his Arizona home, but also replica versions of the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor and welcome sign, and decals for the Dodgers’ retired jersey numbers and microphones in honor of Jaime Jarrín and Vin Scully.
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