Grider wins Dodger Pride Award for July


Grider wins Dodger Pride Award for July
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced Casio Grider is a July winner of the Dodger Pride Award. Grider, who played collegiately at Newberry College, was a 14th round draft pick by the Dodgers earlier this summer and plays for the club's rookie league team in Glendale, Ariz.

The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by General Manager Ned Colletti, and are given on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club's Minor League system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.

In the month of July, Grider batted .253 (20-for-79) with 10 steals, one homer, and eight RBIs in 21 games. Overall, he is batting .260 with 14 steals and 13 RBIs in 33 games. He is also on an eight-game hitting streak, earning a hit in every game he has played in the month of August.

"I'm very proud of Casio for winning the Dodger Pride Award," Newberry College head baseball coach Bob Rikeman said. "When one of our former players is recognized by his coaches and his peers for playing the game the way we teach it at Newberry College, it should be a perfect example to our current and future players on why we do things the way we do."