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Wolf swings at charity tourney

Free agent said he’d like to return to the Dodgers at ALS benefit

Posted: November 9, 2009 11:17 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf, left, chats with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray at an ALS fundraiser Monday at Valencia Country Club.

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf and nearly 100 participants competed at Valencia Country Club in a charity golf tournament benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association.

The goal of the event, said vice chairman of the Los Angeles chapter Dave Davis, was to raise funds for the charity as well as spread awareness about the disease.

Wolf has done charity work in the past for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, starting when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In his second stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wolf said he wanted to remain involved with an ALS charity as well as Childrens Hospital Los Angeles upon his return to the club in 2009.

“I don’t think people know about ALS,” Wolf said. “There’s no rhyme or reason for it. No one really knows what happens to you. ... It’s a scary disease and it can happen to anybody.”

ALS is an incurable neuromuscular disease that eventually shuts down the muscular system. The average life expectancy after diagnosis, according to the ALS Association, is two to five years.

Wolf appeared at the event, as did Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Santa Clarita Valley resident Eddie Murray.

Wolf is coming off one of his finest seasons in the big leagues, helping to lead the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series.

He established a career high in innings pitched with 214 1/3 and was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA.

Wolf, though, is a free agent.

The 33-year-old left-handed pitcher is a graduate of El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills and was born in Canoga Park.

He said he’d like to return to the Dodgers.

“I would love to,” he said. “I’m not sure if that’s a mutual feeling. They have their goals for the future. I don’t know what their plans are.”

Ideally, Wolf said he’d like to sign a long-term deal.

Since 2006, he has pitched for four different teams.

This was the fourth year the ALS Association’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter has held the tournament at Valencia Country Club.

Davis said the association helps out nearly 25 patients with ALS in the Santa Clarita Valley and also helps with a support group that meets each month at Valencia United Methodist Church.

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