DP sold his ring to support a worthy cause. So when the Dodgers delivered one to David Price, it was a remarkable moment for fans to see. Price elected to sit out the 2020 season out of worry for the health of his family. He told ESPN's Jeff Goodman, "My wife and kids are my world and they deserve better than me putting their health at risk by playing ball." The Dodgers gave Price a custom-made ring that features an outline of the United States wrapped around the outside edge. It's designed to highlight Price's time spent in both California and New York while playing for the Yankees and Mets.
Price signed with the Dodgers as a free agent after winning the Cy Young Award with the Yankees. He went 20-4 with a 2.45 ERA last year for New York. Los Angeles is hoping he can help lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The team finished second in the National League West last year with Price in the starting rotation.
He said he made the decision to sit out due to concern for the long-term health of his family. Price has two young children and his wife, Jessica, also plays baseball. The couple met while attending school at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. They got married in 2010 and have one son together named Carter.
David Price of the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped out of the 2020 MLB season, but he still earned a World Series ring when his teammates won the title. Price already had a ring from his championship season with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. This year's run was even more special because it came while Price was fighting cancer.
In April 2019, doctors discovered that Price has chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which is a type of blood cancer. He went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments to try and get rid of the disease and is now in remission. Price returned to the mound for the Dodgers in August and finished the season strong, going 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA over his last six starts.
After the season ended, the Dodgers gave Price a World Series ring set up in a ceremony before their game against the Chicago Cubs on October 31, 2019. Price was able to come home after missing most of the season with cancer and give the ring ceremony his own personal touch by wearing his old Red Sox uniform shirt during the event.
Price started the next season by making his first appearance in spring training as a Dodger. In his debut, he threw seven shutout innings while striking out nine batters against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the season strong, going 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA over his last five starts.
Fans may also purchase their own limited edition replica of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series ring for $35,000 USD.
22nd of October, 1992
The Dodgers have been sold to Magic Johnson's group for ten reasons. Magic Johnson and his group of investors have won the bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their $2 billion offer is a record for any professional sports team. The cash-strapped club filed for bankruptcy last year.
The purchase price was confirmed by Chief Executive Officer Mark Shapiro who said, "We are pleased that Mr. Johnson has chosen to enter into partnership with us as we continue to build an organization that competes year in and year out for the championship trophy."
Shapiro went on to say, "This is a landmark day for baseball and for the city of Los Angeles. We look forward to bringing a World Series championship to L.A. and continuing our relationship with Dodger Stadium and its passionate fan base."
Johnson said, "I am thrilled to be partnering with an ownership group led by Peter (Guber) and Andy (Mizell). They are two of the most successful executives in sports and their commitment to winning championships makes them the perfect partners for the LA Dodgers."
Peter Guber, who is also President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, added, "Not only is this a historic moment for the City of Angels, it is also a milestone for me personally.
Willie Stargell's 1979 World Series ring just sold at auction for more than $82,000. The ring that formerly belonged to disgraced pitcher Brandon Puffer, however, could not be sold on the August 15, 2013, edition of Pawn Stars. It was given away by the pawn shop after it was determined that it had been stolen.
Stargell's ring was actually up for sale with another piece of jewelry - a diamond and ruby necklace valued at $125,000- $150,000. But no one was willing to pay that much for it. The ring alone brought in nearly double its estimated value - about $165,000.
The legendary Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman wore this ring throughout most of his career. He was part of five World Series victories during the 1970s with the Pirates. The ring is made of platinum and white gold with black diamonds and red rubies. It has "WS 79" inscribed inside the band along with Stargell's signature and the team logo.
In October 1993, while being escorted out of Paintsville Elementary School in Paintsville, Kentucky, then eight months into serving a 90-day jail sentence for violating his probation, Puffer was shot three times by an unknown assailant. He died shortly thereafter from his injuries. No arrests have ever been made in connection with his murder.
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a three-team deal with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins on February 4, 2020, to acquire Mookie Betts and David Price. In a separate transaction, the Dodgers were set to send Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling to the Los Angeles Angels for the No. 67 selection in the 2020 MLB Draft. However, just before the trade was to be announced, the Angels canceled the trade, allowing the Dodgers to keep both players.
Here's how they got Betts: The Dodgers sent James Houser to the Twins on December 19, 2019, in exchange for cash considerations. Houser had been designated for assignment (DFA) by the Twins earlier that day. On January 20, the Dodgers traded Joe Kelly to the Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations. Kelly had been DFA'd by the Red Sox on January 17. The Dodgers received $100,000 of Kelly's salary in the deal.
In late January, the Dodgers were reported to be among the finalists for Bryce Harper. If they had signed him, they would have had to release Betts so they could comply with baseball's competitive balance tax. Instead, they went after another star player in free agency - Price.
Betts has two more years remaining on his contract with the Red Sox. He can become a free agent after the 2021 season. The Dodgers are expected to offer him a contract extension worth about $30 million per year.