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Sandy Koufax 'still part of Dodgers organization and always will be'

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Sandy Koufax met with Kenta Maeda on Friday at Camelback Ranch.
Sandy Koufax met with Kenta Maeda on Friday at Camelback Ranch.
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PHOENIX -- Dodgers Hall of Fame pitching legend Sandy Koufax released a statement on Sunday explaining his relatively limited role this spring training with the franchise.

"I'm 80 years old and I have retired. I have not quit. I'm still part of the Dodgers' organization and always will be especially as long as Mark and Kimbra Walter are part of ownership," Koufax said in a statement released by the club. "I will do most of what I have done in the past with no official title. I hope all the players, coaches, manager and everyone else in the clubhouse have successful and healthy seasons with a spectacular ending. See you Opening Day."

Koufax showed up in camp on Friday and met with players and coaches, but this year is no longer special advisor to the chairman, Mark Walter, a position Koufax held the last three years. Still, even without an official title, Koufax is welcome back in Dodgers camp whenever he wants, made clear by manager Dave Roberts on Saturday.

"Sandy always has an opportunity to come here whenever he wants and can engage as much as he wants. He has an open invitation," Roberts said. "If he comes out, that's fantastic. There's really no expectation. He has the right to do whatever he feels comfortable doing."