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Former Dodger Todd Zeile to lead diabetes fundraiser

November 3, 2009 | 11:22 am

Former Dodgers third baseman Todd Zeile will lead a fundraising walk at Dodger Stadium on Sunday morning that hopes to raise more than $2 million for research aimed at curing Type 1 diabetes.

Zeile recently became president of the Los Angeles board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, which will stage the Los Angeles Walk to Cure Diabetes at Dodger Stadium. Zeile’s daughter Hannah has had diabetes since she was a young child.

A Van Nuys native, Zeile played for several major-league teams over a 16-year career that ended after the 2004 season, including a stint with the Dodgers in 1997 when he hit 31 home runs. He slugged 253 home runs overall in his career, with 1,110 runs batted in and 2,004 hits.

-- Jim Peltz