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Victorino and League traded to Dodgers in separate deals

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 10:06 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2012

Maui's Shane Victorino and Oahu's Brandon League are out of the cellar and teammates on a pennant-contending team, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.

They arrive today via separate trades, Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies, and League from the Seattle Mariners, according to several published reports.

The Dodgers are tied with San Francisco atop the National League West Division standings, while Philadelphia is on the bottom in the NL East and Seattle is last in the American League West.

The Dodgers, who swept the Giants over the weekend, beat out their rival for the services of Victorino and League, both of whom were rumored to have drawn interest from the Bay Area team. The Giants also traded for a Phillies outfielder Tuesday, acquiring Hunter Pence.

"New league, new hitters, new teammates," League said after the Mariners' 4-1 over Toronto, a game in which he did not pitch. "It's definitely an exciting time. Now, it's a new chapter in my life and go help the Dodgers try and win a ring."

League, a Saint Louis School graduate, was 0-5 with nine saves and a 3.63 ERA in 46 games this season. The 29-year-old righty was an All-Star last year when he had 37 saves for the Mariners.

League made history against the Dodgers in June when he got two outs against them as he and five other Seattle pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Los Angeles.

League has been particularly tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .225 batting average during his career.

League is 17-27 with 54 saves and a 3.69 ERA since 2004 with Toronto and Seattle. He had an inkling a deal might be in the works.

"You can't ignore the rumors and the deadline's the deadline. The past three years you've been hearing stuff, whether it be during the trade deadline or even in the offseason," he said.

The trade reunites Victorino with the Dodgers, who took him in the sixth round of the 1999 Major League Draft. He spent four seasons in the Los Angeles farm system before being acquired by San Diego in December 2002 as an unprotected minor leaguer. He was returned to the Dodgers five months later and then picked up by Philadelphia as an unprotected minor leaguer in 2004.

Victorino has made the Dodgers pay for it, homering against them three times in the postseason, including once in 2008 as the Phillies marched to a World Series championship.

Victorino, a St. Anthony High graduate who is expected to play left field and bat leadoff for the Dodgers, came in a trade for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor-league pitcher Ethan Martin.

"We're excited to add an All-Star-caliber player with postseason experience," general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement on the Dodgers' website. "He plays the game with passion, gives us a top-of-the-order bat from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid defensively in the outfield."

As a center fielder for the Phillies, Victorino was hitting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five consecutive NL East titles and the 2008 World Series. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Los Angeles.

Although Victorino and League did not know each other growing up in Hawaii, the two played each other in the minors a few times and they both played in the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.


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Wazdat wrote:
AWESOME news....closer to home and much better weather
on July 31,2012 | 07:39AM
Snator wrote:
All aboard! Time to Jump on that Dogers bandwagon!
on July 31,2012 | 07:57AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Been a Dodger fan since the early fifties.
on July 31,2012 | 08:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Me too. Back in the days of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
on July 31,2012 | 10:31AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
I wonder if the Maui people are going to trade in Shane's Dad.
on July 31,2012 | 08:29AM
builderguy wrote:
What's. Up with his dad
on July 31,2012 | 09:43AM
lastuhu wrote:
Never liked the Dodgers. Do now!
on July 31,2012 | 09:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
This might be best for Shane. The Phillies have become a geriatic home for overpaid superstars who don't show up for work every day. Hence their dismal season.
on July 31,2012 | 10:12AM
dptla wrote:
...Yay!...new Dodger's fans...
on July 31,2012 | 10:19AM
Anonymous wrote:
Still in shock about Shane.....Guess I'm now a big time Dodger fan. For all you 'old timers" like me who remember and miss The Columbia Inn Restaurant and "Tosh' Kaneshiro, well, "Tosh" is up there in Dodger Heaven w/ a huge smile on his face w/ this trade.
on July 31,2012 | 10:51AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I remember!
on July 31,2012 | 10:58AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Thanks for the reminder, Anonymous. In my old age I had forgotten about Tosh Kaneshiro. Miss the old hangouts.
on July 31,2012 | 11:13AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The Phillies officially throw in the towel for 2012.
on July 31,2012 | 11:07AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The Phillies need a wholesale house cleaning and start bringing up some new blood instead of overpaying all their crippled superstars.
on July 31,2012 | 12:03PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Sure looks like it.....
on July 31,2012 | 01:51PM
frontman wrote:
Go Blue..................now we have a shot at seeing him.
on July 31,2012 | 12:50PM
LAX2HNL wrote:
will be interesting to see how the LA fans take to him initially. they used to boo him all the time..
on July 31,2012 | 02:25PM
mynah wrote:
guess i'm a dodger fan now.
on July 31,2012 | 08:27PM
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