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Why Wednesday was a 'great day' for Scott Kazmir to be signed by the Dodgers

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Scott Kazmir #26 of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) CIRCA 1960's: Pitcher Sandy Koufax #32 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stares in to get the sign from the catcher during a circa mid 1960's Major League Baseball game. Koufax played for the Dodgers from 1955-66. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Scott Kazmir #26 of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 17, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) CIRCA 1960's: Pitcher Sandy Koufax #32 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stares in to get the sign from the catcher during a circa mid 1960's Major League Baseball game. Koufax played for the Dodgers from 1955-66. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers added another lefty to their rotation on Wednesday in three-time All-Star Scott Kazmir.

Turns out, the acquisition was made on an auspicious date.

Kazmir, 31, joins a Dodgers rotation led by lefty ace Clayton Kershaw that also includes southpaws Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Alex Wood.

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However, it was a connection to the greatest lefty in Dodgers history that made his acquisition on Wednesday, Dec. 30 so fitting.

What a great day to officially be a Dodger! Happy birthday to my lefty idol Sandy Koufax!

— Scott Kazmir (@scottkazmir19) December 30, 2015

As the Dodgers officially made their announcement, Kazmir sent out a tweet acknowledging the news -- while also congratulating his "idol" Sandy Koufax on the legendary Dodger's 80th birthday:

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In his 11 major-league seasons, Kazmir, who will turn 32 in January, has posted a 98-90 record with a 3.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 1,474 strikeouts versus 629 walks in 1,553 1/3 innings.