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No, not a 6-4-3 Dodger double play. We're talking about all those players who've been on the team twice. Some sucked the first time, and sucked even worse the second. Some, who were actually good during their first stint, were brought back in the twilight of their careers. And some, though VERY few, were actually better the second time around. Here's a look at Dodgers who have played for L.A., left, and come back.

 

Dave Anderson

Played in L.A. from 1983-89, and because he was so damn good the Dodgers picked him up again for '92.

 

Joe Beckwith

Spent the first 4 years of his shitty career with L.A., then after spending the '84 and '85 seasons in K.C., returned to the Dodgers in '86 to close out his career.

 

Pedro Borbon, Jr.

Had a relatively shitty year with the Dodgers in '99, and was thankfully traded to Toronto in the Shawn Green deal. Borbon was invited to spring training in 2003, but was thankfully released before the season.

 

Jim Bruske

Came up with the Dodgers in '95 and left after the '96 season. Greatly missed, he returned for a portion of '98, pitching in 35 games.

 

Brett Butler

Had great years from '91-'94, and after spending the first half of '95 with the Mets, he was traded back to L.A.

 

Giovanni Carrara

A rare triple-play. Pitched for the Dodgers in 2001 and 2002. Played with Seattle in '03, then returned to the Dodgers in the middle of the '04 season. The Dodgers let him go after the '05 season, but brought him back in July '06.

 

Bobby Castillo

Made his debut with the Dodgers in 1977, left for Minnesota in '82, then returned in '85 to finish his career with L.A.

 

Juan Castro

Broke in with the Dodgers in 1995 and played with them through 1999... never hitting more than .200 in a season with more than four at-bats. For some inexplicable reason, Castro lingered in the majors, and the Dodgers signed him to a minor league deal before the '09 season.

 

Ron Coomer

Came up through the Dodgers' minor league system, but made his debut in '95 with the Twins. Returned for the 2003 season, tipping the scales at about 350.

 

Omar Daal

Daal sucked ass during his first stint in L.A., and did just as badly the second time around. Shocking.

 

Elmer Dessens

Pitched with the Dodgers during the '04 and '05 seasons, actually leading the team in ERA in '05. Began '06 with the Royals and came back to L.A. in the Odalis Perez deal, only to be dealt again just before the '07 season.

 

Mike Devereaux

The Dodgers gave up on Devereaux early, but then re-acquired him in '98, giving him the final 13 at-bats of his mediocre career.

 

Kevin Elster

Invited to Spring Training with the Dodgers in '93, but didn't make the major league team. Invited again in 2000, this time spending the entire year with the team.

 

Joe Ferguson

Came up to the Dodgers in '70, and hung around til '76. Then returned in '78, playing with L.A. until the middle of the '81 season.

 

Tom Goodwin

Why the Dodgers felt like they needed to get this guy back, who knows. He's got wheels, but so does a shopping cart.

 

Chris Gwynn

Played with the Dodgers from '87-'91, and then returned for the '94 and '95 seasons when he weighed 385 pounds.

 

Dave Hansen

Began in L.A., where he played until '96. After a year in Chicago and then Japan, Hansen returned to L.A. and continued doing his thing.

 

Mickey Hatcher

Came up with the Dodgers in '79. After playing elsewhere for most of his career, the goofy bastard returned in '87, helping L.A. win the Series the next year.

 

Todd Hundley

Played lousy with the Dodgers in '99 and 2000. His .187 and .211 averages in two years with the Cubs apparently made the Dodgers regret letting him go, so the Dodgers brought him back.

 

Orel Hershiser

Played 12 years in L.A. before signing with the Indians in '95. Returned in 2000, only to turn 65 years old and be released halfway into the season.

 

Jay Johnstone

Played for the Dodgers from '80-'81, then returned to finish his career in '85.

 

Von Joshua

Began his career with the Dodgers (from '69-'74) and then returned for the 1979 season.

 

Roberto Kelly

Spent part of the '95 season with the Dodgers. Possibly one of the darkest black men on Earth, Kelly hooked back on with L.A. in the spring of '02 only to be released.

 

Lee Lacy

Played with the Dodgers from 1972 to 1975. Was traded after the '75 season to Atlanta (along with Tom Paciorek, Jerry Royster, and Jimmy Wynn) for Dusty Baker and Ed Goodson. By June of '76, Atlanta had seen enough, and traded Lacy back to L.A.

 

Raphael Landestoy

Had 14 at-bats with the Dodgers in '77 and then returned at the end of his "career," batting .172 in '83 and .185 in '84. Hey, at least he pulled up his average at the end.

 

Matt Luke

Had 77 at-bats with the Dodgers in '98 before being put on waivers. After being picked up by Cleveland and playing in 2 games, the Dodgers purchased his contract from the Indians. Luke then played in another 69 games for the Dodgers in '98.

 

Greg Maddux

Pitched for the Dodgers in 2006, but then left for San Diego after GM Ned Colletti decided he was pissed at Maddux's agent. In August of 2008, tied for first-place, the Dodgers re-acquired Maddux for the final six weeks of the season.

 

Mike Maddux

Pitched for the Dodgers in '90, and then again in '99. The crappy Maddux brother, Mike looked more like a malnourished porn star than a pitcher.

 

Ramon Martinez

Came up with L.A. in '88 and pitched with the team for 10 years. After 2 years elsewhere, the Dodgers picked him up in the spring of 2001, only to release him soon thereafter.

 

Eddie Murray

Had 3 solid years from '89-'91, and then returned to finish his career in L.A. with 7 at-bats at the end of the '97 season, grounding into 2 double-plays with the bases loaded.

 

Ken McMullen

Spent the first 3 years of his career with the Dodgers before being traded to the Senators along with Frank Howard in '64. Returned to the Dodgers in '72 in a trade with the Angels, spending three more unremarkable seasons in L.A.

 

Andy Messersmith

Played with the Dodgers from '73-'75, and then returned in '79, only to be released during the season.

 

Guillermo Mota

Pitched for the Dodgers from 2002 to 2004 before being involved in the infamous Brad Penny/Paul Lo Duca trade with Florida. After stints in Cleveland, New York, and Milwaukee, Mota re-signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2009 season.

 

Hideo Nomo

Pitched for the Dodgers from '95 until he was traded in mid-'98. Re-signed before the 2002 season. Four years later, still no English.

 

Jesse Orosco

Pitched for the World Champs in '88, then after becoming a great-grandfather, returned to L.A. for the 2001 and '02 seasons.

 

Chan Ho Park

Broke into the majors with the Dodgers in 1994, and then signed a $65 million deal with Texas after the 2001 season. His career immediately went in the shitter, and after pitching all of four innings for the Mets in '07, accepted a minor league contract with the Dodgers prior to the '08 season, joining the major league team during the summer.

 

Ron Perranoski

Broke into the majors with the Dodgers in 1961 and played in L.A. through the '67 season. Returned for 9 games in 1972.

 

Luke Prokopec

Broke into the majors with the Dodgers in 2000, and was traded to Toronto after the 2001 season. Luke then went 2-9 and blew out his arm, giving Dan Evans a perfect reason to bring him back to the organization 11/02... only to be picked up by the Reds a few weeks later.

 

Pete Richert

Began his career with the Dodgers before being shipped to the Senators in '64. Came back to L.A. before the '72 season and was traded away two years later. Amazingly, the guy had a 3.21 career ERA.

 

Vicente Romo

Began his career with the Dodgers in '68, pitching one inning. Returned 14 years later, making 15 appearances for the Dodgers in '82.

 

Don Sutton

Began his career with the Dodgers in '66, pitching 15 years in L.A. Returned in '88 with a big grey afro and was released in May of that year.

 

Ismael Valdes

Spent the first 6 years of his career in LA. Was traded to Chicago before the 2000 season, but then returned later that year in yet another deal illustrating the Dodgers' confusion.

 

Rudy Seanez

Seanez pitched for the Dodgers in 1994 and 1995 when he was just a kid in his late 20s, and returned twelve years later to make the club as a non-roster invitee in 2007.

 

Ted Sizemore

Began his career with the Dodgers in '69 and '70, and then returned for the '76 season, batting a robust .241.

 

Greg Smith

Greg Smith, a minor-league second baseman who the Dodgers once acquired from the Cubs in exchange for Jose Vizcaino, returned to the Dodgers in 2001 as a janitor on the loge level.

 

Jose Vizcaino

Originally came up with the Dodgers in '89. Spent '91-'97 in Chicago, NY, and SF, and in '98 returned to the Dodgers, who were desperate for a shortstop. By the way, his middle name is Pimental.

 

Tim Wallach

Played 3rd base for the Dodgers from '93-'95. After spending the beginning of '96 with the Angels, Wallach came back to finish his career with the Dodgers, batting .228 in 45 games.

 

Jeff Weaver

Had mediocre years with the Dodgers in '04 and '05, making more noise with his tantrums than with the baseball. With his career nosediving, Weaver returned to the Dodgers in '09 as a non-roster invitee.

 

Maury Wills

Broke in with the Dodgers in '59 and spent 8 years with the team before moving on to Pittsburgh in '67. He returned to LA midway through the '69 season, retiring after the '72 season (that saw him bat .129).

 

Randy Wolf

Signed with the Dodgers for the '07 season, spent the majority of his time on the DL, and left after the season. After splitting '08 with San Diego and Philadelphia, returned to the pitching-desperate Dodgers in '09.

 

Eric Young

Broke into the majors with the Dodgers in '92 but was picked up by the Rockies in the '93 expansion draft. The Dodgers got him back in '98, and made a huge mistake trading him two years later (because of a Davey Johnson vendetta).

 

Don Zimmer

Played with the Dodgers in '58 and '59, and then returned for part of the '63 season. Zimmer is now 112.

 



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