first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “When he was a freshman in high school, he hit nine or 10 home runs. I could see that swing developing.”Jeff coached Travis all the way up and was an assistant on his Washington High team. Jeff and his wife Julie are in Grove City now, having downsized with the kids gone. Younger son Griffin is at Florida Atlantic studying finance.Jeff is also a grand-dad, and that’s a story in itself. Travis and wife Lindy have daughter Ryann, who developed Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome while in the womb. The left side of her heart couldn’t pump blood sufficiently. Ryann was born June 5 of last year and had two surgeries in her first four days on earth.Somehow Travis had his best month at the plate. Ryann is progressing, although one more surgery is upcoming.Meanwhile, Jeff is playing golf and “hanging out.” He has seen other retirees struggle to replace the competitive rush.“Maybe that happened to me my first couple of years out,” he said, “when I was probably being a little too tough on Travis. But I didn’t have anything else to prove.”What would have happened if Cincinnati never had traded him? General Manager Jim Bowden told him he wasn’t going anywhere. Then Shaw was called out of the bullpen during a game with St. Louis. Bowden told him he’d been dealt to the Dodgers for Paul Konerko.Shaw was still living in Washington Court House, commuting to the games.“My wife is going to kill you,” Shaw told Bowden.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.There was a catch. Tommy Lasorda had just become the Dodgers’ general manager. He made the deal but didn’t realize Shaw had the right to request a trade after the season. Then Shaw could become a free agent.“Every day in the lunch room, Tommy would come up and say, ‘You’re not going to leave me, are you?’’’ Shaw said, laughing. “I’d say, ‘Tommy, I’ll make that decision at the end of the season.’”Kevin Malone became the GM and the Dodgers signed Shaw for $15.5 million over three years. That gave Shaw his exit route.Related Articles MILWAUKEE — Before Eric Gagne finished the ninth inning for the Dodgers, Jeff Shaw did.He did not belch fire or welcome anybody to the jungle. Shaw was more like the termite inspector, or the guy who made the “check engine” light go away. He fixed things, shook hands, and left.In 1997, he led the National League with 42 saves for Cincinnati. He had 48 in 1998, with the Dodgers acquiring him July 4.After 2001, Shaw’s contract expired. He was 34 years old and never threw another pitch. He became one of the few major league athletes who wrote his own farewell, even though he could have signed somewhere for more money, more saves, more hotel rooms far from Washington Court House, Ohio. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies In “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton wrote that you think you’ve been gripping a baseball all these years. Turns out, it was gripping you. Shaw is the exception to that rule.“I had a son who was going into middle school and those are crucial years,” Shaw said Thursday. “I didn’t want to be a parent from the other end of the telephone anymore. I wanted to be with the family and coach him and just be a dad. In my mind, I had felt like I had done enough.”Travis Shaw is playing for the Brewers in this National League Championship Series, which resumes Friday night in Milwaukee.Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)In 2017, he hit 31 homers, after Milwaukee took him from Boston in a lopsided trade for reliever Tyler Thornburg. This year, he hit 32.“He’s comfortable in Milwaukee,” Jeff said. “He played well in Boston, but he got away from that atmosphere, where they’re all over you when you do anything wrong. They did move him to second base (from third) and I admit, I was a little skeptical. I didn’t know if he could make that turn. He told me, ‘Dad, I can do this.’ Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Shaw stresses this was a decision about family over business, not about Small Town Life vs. Gomorrah. Travis played Conejo Valley Little League ball with Jett Bandy, the former Angels catcher now with the Brewers. The Shaws lived in Westlake Village, not suspecting that Christian Yelich, now the Brewers’ leading man, was drinking his postgame juice boxes nearby.“Later on, I ran across a letter Travis had written,” Jeff said. “He said living out there was the most fun he’d ever had.”Travis is arbitration-eligible and can hit the free-agent bazaar in 2022. He also has a dad and a daughter to remind him when enough is enough. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img

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