Former Dodgers and Padres first baseman Steve Garvey could possibly launch a bid to run for a United States Senate seat in California as a Republican in the 2024 election, Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.
The 74-year-old has never ran for public office before. However, Republican strategist Andy Gharakhani is advising Garvey during his decision-making process, and he told the L.A. Times that the former MLB star could announce a bid somewhat soon if he so chooses.
“He is being contacted by leaders up and down the state,” Gharakhani said. “They’re recruiting him to run from both sides, Republican and Democrat, and he’s seriously considering it. We should have a decision made here in the next few weeks.”
Garvey would be running to replace longtime California senator Dianne Feinstein, who recently announced she would not be running in 2024 due to health concerns.
As of March, around 20 candidates had filed to run for the Senate seat. Garvey has yet to comment on his decision.
During his 18 seasons in professional baseball, Garvey made 10 All-Star team and earned four Gold Gloves, while helping the Dodgers win the 1981 World Series title. He was also named the National League MVP in ’74 and received the National League Championship MVP award while on both the Dodgers (’78) and the Padres (’84).