Dodgers In Revived Hawaii Winter Ball

After an absence of eight years the Hawaii Winter Baseball League will be operating again and the Dodgers will be among the teams contributing players.

The league, which operated from 1993-97, will have four teams with the Dodger players assigned to the North Shore Honu. The Giants, Braves and Red Sox will also be assigning players to the league which will also include participants from Japan and Korea.

Blake DeWitt, who has just been named a Florida State League All-Star at second base, heads the list of five Dodger players, mostly from the Class A level, who have been chosen to play in the league which will begin in October. DeWitt hit .268 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI for Vero Beach before being promoted to Jacksonville.

Lefthander Wesley Wright, who has shuttled between Vero and Jacksonville and who currently is on the Suns roster, is also among Dodgers who will participate. Others who've been named so far are righthander Zach Hammes, first baseman Cory Dunlap and outfielder Xavier Paul, all from the Vero Beach roster.

The Dodgers are expected to add one or two more other players to the Honu squad.

Befitting Hawaii, the teams participating have colorful nicknames. Besides Honu, they are the Waiikiki BeachBoys, West Oahu Canefires and Honolulu Sharks.

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