This Day In Dodgers History: Juan Marichal Signed To Contract

Juan Marichal is infamous in Los Angeles Dodgers lore as being one of the best pitchers in San Francisco Giants history. Marichal pitched 16 seasons in the Major Leagues — 14 with the Giants — en route to a Hall of Fame career.

However, he put the finishing touches on his career in 1974 and 1975 by pitching for two other teams. On March 15, 1975, Marichal signed with the Dodgers.

It came as an enormous surprise to many in the baseball world as Marichal had long been a hated member of the Giants. However, some welcomed him due to the fact that the right-hander was one of the best pitchers in baseball history.

Marichal only managed to throw six innings for the Dodgers in 1975, though, due to poor performance. He retired shortly after his stint in Los Angeles at the age of 37. He finished his career with a 2.89 ERA that was only inflated by the rough stretches he had later on in his career.

Nicknamed the Dominican Dandy, Marichal pitched his way into 10 All-Star Game selections and an ERA title. His excellent right arm was not the only thing that Dodgers fans had long resented him for, however.

In 1965, Marichal got into a skirmish with John Roseboro while the Dodgers were in the heat of a pennant race. With tensions high and Sandy Koufax on the mound, Roseboro took it upon himself to whizz a ball by Marichal’s head back to the mound.

Marichal took exception and hit Roseboro with his bat. Interestingly enough, the two become friends after both men had retired and all was forgiven.

Marichal will be remembered as a true ace in baseball history, evidenced by his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. On the other hand, though, many Dodger fans who were alive for that era of the rivalry might have a very different view of him for his incident with Roseboro.

Dodgers add new voices in the broadcast booth in 2022

While Orel Hershiser and Joe Davis have been the true voices of the Dodgers’ television production since Vin Scully retired, new voices will be featured on SportsNet LA, beginning with the 2022 season.

Longtime first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has joined the crew along with ESPN commentator Jessica Mendoza. Former All-Star pitcher Dontrelle Willis also joined the broadcast team, and so too did José Mota.

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