The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept social media, and appears to be the biggest online “thing” since Tebowing (remember?). Essentially, it works by someone dumping ice-water over their heads, evidently excusing them to donating to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research, although some people dump water and donate anyway. The drenched individual then nominates his or her friends to take the challenge within 24 hours, and so on. While it has caused a touch of controversy in drought-ridden California, countless celebrities, politicians and athletes have taken part in the challenge. Personalities to dump ice-water on their heads, or have ice-water dumped on their heads, include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former president George W. Bush, billionaire Bill Gates, singer Josh Groban, actor William Shatner, and many more.

We take a look at some LA baseball notables to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher

Challengers: Evidently, all of South Korea

Nominations: Ha-Neul Kim – pro golfer, Tae-Kyun Kim – Hanwha Eagles, Jung-Keun Bong – LG Twins


Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder (twice)

Challengers: George Lopez – comedian

Nominations: Carlos Gomez – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder


Joe Torre, Former Dodgers skipper

Challengers: Ali Torre – wife, Mike Lupica – columnist

Nominations: Tony La Russa – former manager, Bobby Cox – former manager, Tom Glavine – former player, Greg Maddux – former player, Frank Thomas – former player


Orel Hershiser, former Dodgers pitcher

Challenger: Ned Colletti – Dodgers General Manager

Nominations: Unknown


Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim skipper

Challenger: Bud Black – San Diego Padres skipper

Nominations: Alfredo Griffin – Angels 1B coach, Dino Ebel – Angels Bench Coach, Steve Soliz – Angels Bullpen Coach

Stan Kasten, Dodgers President and CEO

Challengers: San Francisco Giants

Nominations: Luc Robitaille – Los Angeles Kings, Mitch Kupchak – Los Angeles Lakers General Manager, Steve Ballmer – owner of Los Angeles Clippers


Don Mattingly, Dodgers skipper

Challengers: Ned Colletti (again)

Nominations: John Pratt – Dodgers video coordinator, David Vassegh – Co-host of DodgerTalk (Mattingly did not know this), Steve Alford – UCLA Basketball Head Coach


Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder

Challengers: Kip Moore – country music singer, Joe Bollendorf – Washington Township Principal

Nominations: Torii Hunter – Detroit Tigers outfielder, Jered Weaver – Angels pitcher, Garrett Richards – Angels Pitcher (though this is now unlikely)


Ned Colletti (Justice!), Dodgers General Manager

Challengers: Darryl Sutter – Los Angeles Kings Head Coach

Nominations: Don Mattingly, Petros Papadakis and Matt Smith – ‘Petros and Money’ radio show, Orel Hershiser




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