Drysdale Figures Days With Dodgers Near End

Filed under Los Angeles Dodgers
July 20, 1968

Big Don Drysdale, star of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching corps, said today he is seriously considering retiring at the end of this season. And, he believes he might be traded.

There was speculation that Drysdale might sign on as pitching coach with the new expansion San Diego team in the National League, joining forces with his old general manager boss with the Dodgers, E.J. (Buzzie) Bavasi, who is the San Diego president. Contacted at his home, the 31-year-old righthander said that before this season started he had thought of retiring after this year, but that he had not given the matter much thought since. “I am not sure whether this is my last year or not but I’ll know more in a couple of weeks,” he said. “I would like to stay in baseball as a manager after I retire but that will depend on a lot of things. I definitely want to stay in baseball though, possibly in front-office work or as a coach if not a manager.”

Drysdale said he has not talked with Bavasi about a job with the San Diego team. “Of course, some things have been said between us in casual conversation, but we haven’t talked seriously about it. Actually, Buzzie isn’t eligible to negotiate with me about such matters anyway as it would be tampering because of his new job in San Diego. I think the Dodgers may trade me because they are in the process of rebuilding and it is hard to visualize how I will fit into their future plans,” said Drysdale. “I don’t think I will go into the expansion draft, but a trade is a possibility.”

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