LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will host approximately 300 active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as veterans and their families, for batting practice on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
The event, in honor of Veterans Day, will include representatives of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
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Dodgers special advisor and Korean War veteran Don Newcombe will be joined by team alumni Billy Ashley, Al Downing and Roy Gleason to welcome the pre-selected invitees, who will be able to pitch off the bullpen mound, hit in the batting cage and take a tour of the ballpark.
The winner of a hitting contest will be recognized as the Veteran of the Game on April 12, 2016, when the Dodgers play Arizona in their home opener.
The Dodgers honor military personnel and veterans year-round with initiatives including the Military Hero of the Game on-field recognition that takes place during each home game. The Dodgers have launched an online form to nominate active duty, reserve or retired service members to be recognized as Veteran of the Game. Details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/VOTG. For details on the Dodgers' military programs and ticket promotions, please visit www.dodgers.com/military.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.