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Names to return to uniforms in 200702/23/2006 8:00 PM ET
By Glenn Rabney / Special to MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- At the Dodgers' press conference on Wednesday to announce the contract extension given to announcer Vin Scully, Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt also announced that starting in 2007, players' names would be returning to Dodgers uniforms. During his remarks to the press, Scully made reference to all the new players on the Dodgers this season, and how he felt he hardly knew many of them. "I wish we had the names on the back of the uniforms more than ever this year, especially when I get to Vero [Beach, Fla.]." Upon finishing his comments, McCourt returned to the podium and said, "We weren't going to say anything today, but when Vin Scully asks for something, you have to give it to him. So starting in 2007, the names will be back." According to McCourt, both Scully and Dodgers vice chairman and president Jamie McCourt have been campaigning strongly for the return of names ever since they were first removed. After the press conference, Scully admitted that while he had been vocal about it, he believed that, "Jamie probably has a little more influence on Frank than I do." The Dodgers removed the names before the start of the 2005 season in a desire to stress a team approach. At the time, McCourt also said that since the 2005 team was representing the 50th anniversary of the organization's first World Series championship, it was, in part, a salute to the Dodgers' heritage. The club first introduced player names on uniforms in 1972. The change won't go into effect until the 2007 season due to Major League Baseball's requirement that all changes must be announced in advance of the season so that all materials, including photographs and merchandise, can accurately reflect the current uniform.
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