Dec. 26, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - As we count down the final days of 2008, TheSunDevils.com and Arizona State Baseball countdown the Top 12 Sun Devil Baseball moments of 2008.
#11- Former Devil Andre Ethier Helps Dodgers Return To Playoffs
Former Sun Devil star Andre Ethier had a memorable 2008, both on and off the field. In addition to turning in a fantastic 2008 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ethier and his wife Maggie also welcomed their first child, a baby boy, into their family.
Ethier spent two seasons in Maroon and Gold, hitting .371 from 2002 to 2003. He scored 113 times, collected 164 hits, 27 doubles, 14 homers and drove in 118 runs. Over his two years the Sun Devils went 91-35 and advanced to the postseason twice. He was named First Team All-Pac-10 twice and was an Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2003.
Following his college career he was selected in the second round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Oakland A's. Coming out of high school, Ethier was a 37th round choice in the draft.
Ethier was traded to the Dodgers following the 2005 season and made his big league debut in 2006, finishing fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. The 2008 season was a great one for Ethier and the Dodgers, as Andre hit .305 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI, both career highs. The .305 average was second on the team to Manny Ramirez, who didn't join the Dodgers until July.
The Dodgers finished the year 84-78, winning the National League West. Los Angeles faced the Chicago Cubs in the first round, sweeping them to advance to the National League Championship Series where they fell to the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.