1970 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1970 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
General manager(s) Al Campanis
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
KWKW
Jose Garcia, Jaime Jarrín
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In 1970, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley stepped down as team president, turning the reins over to his son Peter, while remaining as the team's chairman. The Dodgers remained competitive, finishing the season in second place, 14½ games behind the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds in the National League West.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 -- .630
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 73 14.5 .540
San Francisco Giants 86 76 16 .531
Houston Astros 79 83 23 .488
Atlanta Braves 76 86 26 .469
San Diego Padres 63 99 39 .389

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Maury Wills Shortstop
Bill Buckner Left fielder
Willie Davis Center fielder
Willie Crawford Right fielder
Wes Parker First baseman
Steve Garvey Third baseman
Tom Haller Catcher
Ted Sizemore Second baseman
Claude Osteen Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1970 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
SS Wills, MauryMaury Wills 132 522 141 .270 0 34
CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 146 593 181 .305 8 93

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Brewer, JimJim Brewer 58 7 6 24 3.13 91
Norman, FredFred Norman 30 2 0 1 5.23 27

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Tommy Lasorda
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Del Crandall
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Don LeJohn
A Daytona Beach Dodgers Florida State League Stan Wasiak
A Medford Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Buddy Hollowell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Albuquerque, Bakersfield

1970 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the sixth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 45 players in the June draft and 9 in the January draft.

The most notable pick in this years draft was pitcher Doug Rau, who was selected with the 1st pick in the June Secondary draft out of Texas A&M University. Rau would play for the Dodgers from 1972-1979 and made 184 starts for the team, with a 80-58 record and 3.30 ERA before spending his final season with the California Angels in 1981.

The first pick in the regular June draft was pitcher Jim Haller from Creighton Prep High School. Haller was 18-18 in 123 minor league games over six seasons, with a 3.65 ERA.

January draft[edit]

[4]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Jim Burnes RHP Glendale Community College No
2 Edward Womboldt C Indian Hills Community College No
3 David Holmes C Glendale Community College No
Cubs - 1972 FA
1972 Rookie
4 Ralph Davis RHP Alice High School Yes 1970-1971 A-
5 Ken Harris 1B Pasadena City College No
Angels - June 1970
1970-1971 A

January Secondary phase[edit]

[5]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 John LaRose LHP Cumberland High School No
Red Sox - June 1970
1970-1980 MLB
2 Kevin Kooyman C Grossmont College No
Reds - 1970 FA
1970-1973 A
3 Bruce Raible RHP Western Hills High School Yes 1970-1972 AA
4 Mike Barlow RHP Syracuse University No
Athletics - 1970 FA
1970-1982 MLB

June draft[edit]

[6]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Jim Haller RHP Creighton Prep High School Yes 1970-1975 AAA
2 Randy Fairbanks LHP Satellite Beach High School Yes 1970-1975 AA
3 Lance Rautzhan LHP Blue Mountain High School Yes 1970-1980 MLB
4 Rick Nitz RHP Hoover High School Yes 1970-1978 AAA
5 Dewey Forry OF Terra Linda High School Yes 1972-1977 AAA
6 Janes Vaeth RHP Seaford High School No
7 Thomas Jenkins OF University of Tulsa Yes 1970-1972 AA
8 Rex Peters 1B Midland Park High School No
9 John Snider 3B Fairfield Union High School Yes 1970-1975 AA
10 Wayne Ristig 2B Chapman University Yes 1970-1973 A
11 Creighton Tevlin OF Canoga Park High School No
Orioles - 1974
1974-1982 AAA
12 Patrick Paulson LHP East Haven High School No
Dodgers - 1971
1971 Rookie
13 Norman Brown OF University of California, Berkely Yes 1970-1971 A
14 Thomas Corder SS San Jose State University Yes 1970-1972 A
15 John Cosmos 1B Sacred Heart University No
16 Michael Plunkett RHP Emporia State University Yes 1970-1971 A
17 Mike Vail SS Archbishop Mitty High School No
Cardinals -1971
1971-1984 MLB
18 Larry Tolbert RHP East Central High School No
19 Paul Barnes OF Middle Georgia College Yes 1970-1971 A
20 Philip Keller RHP Stanford University Yes 1970-1974 AAA
21 Albert Taylor RHP Kearny High School Yes 1970-1974 A
22 Wayne Burney 1B University of Louisiana at Monroe Yes 1970-1975 AAA
23 Leslie Rogers 3B University of Tulsa Yes 1970-1971 A
24 Francisco Suarez SS Hialeah High School No
Twins - 1971
1971 A-
25 Dennis Abel OF San Francisco State University No
26 Thomas Gleason LHP Grover Cleveland High School Yes 1970-1972 A
27 John Wade C Pasadena High School No
28 Ronald Hall LHP University of Oklahoma Yes 1970-1972 A
29 Steven Wilson RHP South Georgia College Yes 1970-1972 A
30 James Ivey LHP No
Braves - 1971 FA
1971 A
31 Bruce Collins RHP South San Francisco High School No
32 Thaddeus Rowe INF Brookland-Cayce High School No
33 Greg Shanahan RHP Humboldt State University Yes 1970-1977 MLB
34 Chris Kinsel C St. Augustine High School No
35 Mike Garrett OF No
36 Mark Anderson OF Garden Grove High School No
Cardinals -1971
1971 Rookie
37 Michael Sanders 3B D. W. Daniel High School No
38 Maury Damkroger C Northeast High School No
39 Vandon Mattison LHP John F. Kennedy High School Yes 1970-1975 A
40 Scott Waltermate RHP Steeleville High School No

June secondary phase[edit]

[7]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Doug Rau LHP Texas A&M University Yes 1970-1981 MLB
2 George Pugh LHP Mesa State College No
3 Red Daniels OF University of New Mexico Yes 1970-1973 AA
4 Kenneth O'Brien RHP Villanova University Yes 1970-1972 AA
5 Paul Womble 3B University of Kansas No
Mets -1971
1971-1973 AA

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