Hong-Chih Kuo Wins 2006 Mulvey Award

The Jim and Deary Mulvey Award, for the top rookie during spring training, was presented to Hong-Chih Kuo before a game with the Washington Nationals.

The award has been given every year since 1969 and is named for the former owners who held a share of the Brooklyn Dodgers 1912-1938. Chickie Mulvey Anderson, granddaughter of the former Dodger owner, made the presentation.

Kuo pitched 10 scoreless innings, which gave him the edge over six other Dodger rookies who earned votes for tom the Dodger coaching and baseball operations staff.

Five of the Mulvey winners went on to earn National League Rookie of the Year honors. They included second baseman Ted Sizemore (1969) the first recipient of the award; Fernando Valenzuela (1981), who also won the Cy Young Award the same season; first baseman Eric Karros (1992), who is the all-time Los Angeles home run leader with 269; catcher Mike Piazza (1993), who is the only player to win the award twice, in 1992 and 1993; and Raul Mondesi (1994), who later became the first 30-home runs, 30-steals player in Los Angeles history. He hit 30 homers and stole 32 bases in 1997 and then repeated in 1999 when he hit 33 and swiped 36.
2006 -- LHP Hong-Chic Kuo
2005 -- OF Jason Repko
2004 -- 1B James Loney
2003 -- OF Chin-Feng Chen
2002 -- SS Cesar Izturis
2001 -- RHP Luke Prokopec
2000 -- OF Tony Mota
1999 -- RHP Onan Masaoka
1998 -- 1B Paul Konerko
1997 -- 2B Wilton Guerrero
1996 -- 1B Jay Kirkpatrick
1995 -- RHP Antonio Osuna
1994 -- OF Raul Mondesi
1993 -- C Mike Piazza
1992 -- C Mike Piazza
1991 -- 1B Eric Karros
1990 -- RHP Jim Nedlnger
1989 -- OF Chris Gwynn
1988 -- SS Craig Shipley
1987 -- OF Mike Ramsey
1986 -- OF Reggie Williams
1985 -- 1B Sid Bream
1984 -- 3B German Rivera
1983 -- RHP Orel Hershiser
1982 -- OF Mike Marshall
1981 -- LHP Fernando Valenzuela
1980 -- OF Rudy Law
1979 -- OF Pedro Guerrero
1978 -- RHP Bob Welch
1977 -- RHP Rick Sutcliffe
1976 -- OF Glenn Burke
1975 -- RHP Rick Rhoden
1974 --  3B Jerry Royster
1973 -- RHP Eddie Solomon
1972 -- C Steve Yeager
1971 -- RHP Bobby Darwin
1970 -- OF Bill Buckner
1969 -- 2B Ted Sizemore
Travel Day-- The Dodgers open a three-game series tonight in Philadelphia with Brett Tomko (8-15, 4.48 ERA in 2005) on the mound. Tomko was the club's most consistent starter of the spring and will attempt to help the starting staff regain their composure after posting a 19.00 earned run average over the first three games of the season. Tomko was 0-2 against the Phillies last year and is 4-4 lifetime.

After three games in the City of Brotherly Love (wink-wink), the Dodgers move on to Pittsburgh to rekindle old friendships with ex-manager Jim Tracy and ex-coaches Glenn Hoffman, Jim Lett, Jim Colborn and Tim Walach.

Happy Birthday-- April 6: Tom Fitzsimmons *1890-1971), Red Smith (1890-1966), Ernie Lombardi (1908-1977), D.C. Moore (1914-1997), Jim Romano (1927-1990), Don Elston (1929-1995), Phil Regan (69). April 7: Jake Daubert (1884-1924), Bobby Mitchell (52), Adrian Beltre (27).

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