Two of Steve Garvey’s former teammates just endorsed… not Steve Garvey for U.S. Senate

(Within California politics)

Two of Steve Garvey’s former teammates just endorsed… not Steve Garvey for U.S. Senate

Elections 2024, California politics

Bill Shaikin

February 29, 2024

In 1977, and again in 1978, the Dodgers lost the World Series to the hated New York Yankees. The third time was the charm: In 1981, the Dodgers defeated the Yankees.

“Fernandomania” dominated the regular season, but Fernando Valenzuela struggled in his lone World Series start. He threw a complete game and earned a 5-4 victory, but he walked seven batters and made a now heretical 147 pitches.

The Dodgers’ cleanup hitter in that game, first baseman Steve Garvey, batted .417 in the World Series.

Garvey was revered as

one of the three most valuable players in the Series

along with third baseman Ron Cey and outfielder Pedro Guerrero.

Forty years later, Garvey is running for the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, two of his teammates from the 1981 championship team endorsed no, not Garvey, but Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

Your guide to California’s U.S. Senate elections: the race to succeed Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Dusty Baker and Dave Stewart are among five former Major League players listed as endorsers in an announcement issued by Lee’s office on Wednesday.

Lee is in fourth place in the polls for California’s vacant Senate seat, with Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) comfortably ahead and Garvey and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) vying for second place. Election day is Tuesday

March 5th

, although early voting is already underway. The top two finishers will advance to the second round in November.

Lee’s announcement highlighted the support of five former players for her hometown team, the Oakland Athletics. Born and raised in Oakland, Stewart was a four-time 20-game winner for the A’s and was the 1989 World Series Most Valuable Player. Baker, who went to high school and college in Northern California, finished his career with the A’s in 1985-86.

As a longtime Axis fan,” Lee said in a statement, “it means the world to me to have the support of Axis greats who have contributed so much to our community in Oakland and the East Bay.”

After the A’s revealed their plans to move to Las Vegas, Lee introduced what she called the “Moneyball Act,” which would deprive Major League Baseball of its cherished antitrust exemption if any team were to relocate

out of town

offers no financial compensation to his old hometown. The bill was introduced last June; no action has been taken since then.


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