The Los Angeles Dodgers signed a player who won’t suit up for the team in 2023, and they’re being applauded for it. That player is former LA outfielder Andrew Toles.
Toles hasn’t seen the field since 2018, but there’s a reason behind his recent deal. The awesome act of kindness is now going viral on social media.
Toles was once a highly touted prospect, being taken in the third round of 2012 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. After spending his first few seasons in the minors, he was traded to the Dodgers.
He’d make his pro debut in 2016 and played in Los Angeles through 2018.
Ahead of the ’19 season, he failed to show for Spring Training. The organization noted that he was dealing with a personal matter and that he would remain out indefinitely.
It was later learned that he’d been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
While he hasn’t donned an MLB jersey over the last five seasons, the Dodgers have continued to renew Andrew Toles’ contract.
A few months ago, Los Angeles again re-signed the outfielder in order to give him access to the team’s health insurance and mental health services.
This is amazing from the Dodgers 👏 pic.twitter.com/NsljfcbBgx
— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2023
Fans have been quick to comment on the signing, applauding the organization for its continued kindness.
One person wrote, “So proud to be a Dodgers fan! This is amazing.” Someone else said, “Great organization for this.”
— Chiefs Kingdom Memes – CKM (@ChiefsMMZ) April 17, 2023
Awesome move by the Dodgers.