The Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse attendant is making a name for himself.
The highlight of summer camp isn’t one of the former MVPs on the Los Angeles Dodgers roster, or even a Cy Young Award winner. The star of the team’s intra-squad games has been a clubhouse attendant that goes by the name of “Chico.”
Wearing No. 97, Francisco Herrera has been playing left field for the Dodgers and making highlight-reel plays with his strong arm and uncanny ability to track down fly balls, even after a late jump.
On Tuesday night with Mookie Betts at the plate, Chico might have made his best defensive play yet. The 2018 American League MVP hit a bullet to the left field wall, but Herrera chased it down, leaping to make the catch at the edge of the warning track, and then showed off his impressive arm by doubling up the runner at first base. An inning-ending double play!
Chico is a summer camp sensation for the Dodgers
As Chico becomes a household name among Dodger fans, the former Hollywood High baseball player has started to make the media rounds, appearing on local radio shows and MLB Network this week.
He last played competitive baseball as a shortstop for Los Angeles Valley College ten years ago. Now he is filling in for a Dodger squad that is short on bodies as they try to man two teams to play against each other in prep of the 2020 season.
Dodger fans are now waiting to see if manager Dave Roberts will reward Herrera’s play with a chance to step into the batter’s box. So far, he has been limited to fielding duties. But Justin Turner has led the charge in promoting the #LetChicoHit hashtag, wearing a custom-made t-shirt.
Roberts made it seem like Chico’s time in the field was over earlier this week, but when Anthony Garcia was sent to minor league camp, the clubhouse attendant who has been with the team since 2008 was given another chance, which he has embraced.