Maury Wills was 18 when he first reported to the
He is 83 now, still excited about reporting to
"One thing I look forward to in spring training is working with
"Puig has a lot of talent. I just hope and pray that we don't trade him. I feel I can turn him around, because of what I have been through."
Wills said he is excited about helping a onetime protege,
"My hope and prayer is that I get to work with the entire team on baserunning," Wills said. "Good baserunning wins more ballgames than any other facet of the game. I'm not talking about base stealing. Base stealing is for a select few. But baserunning is for everybody.
"The slowest runner on the team can be the best baserunner. Baserunning is just getting the most of what you have to work with, going from first to third on base hits you should go from first to third on, scoring on base hits you should score on, because you know what to do and how to do it."
The Dodgers acknowledged their weakness in that area last August, hiring
Said Wills: "Pitching will go into a slump. Hitting will go into a slump. Fielding will go into a slump. Baserunning will always be there. I want to give that to Dave Roberts and the Dodger team this year, and I hope and pray that the front office lets me do it."