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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Clayton Kershaw Has a Home Run Problem

A few innings later, he chased the Dodgers ace with another homer, his second of the night — and, more distressingly for the pitcher, Kershaw’s fourth allowed of the game (a career worst) and 17th allowed of the season (also a career worst, already, in mid-June). Only six pitchers have surrendered more homers this season than Kershaw, who — despite maintaining a top-five ERA, K%, and BB% in the NL — is exhibiting an unprecedented problem. In 263 starts before 2017, Kershaw had allowed three homers in a game just twice; in 15 starts this year, he’s already reached that mark three times.

Kershaw’s sudden proclivity for giving up the long ball is especially surprising as it acts as an antithesis to his career up to this point. From his first full season through the end of last year, no qualified starter had a stingier HR/9 rate, and even as the league’s home run tendencies increased in recent years, Kershaw remained a holdout, the tireless trout — no, not that one — swimming against the tide. But his typical HR/9 rate has tripled this season, and after Monday’s four-dinger outing, he’s now allowing homers at a worse-than-average rate for the first time in his career..

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

World Fame 100 Top Ranking Athletes

The Top 100 Most Famous Athletes in the World - before you read the list, take a guess and comment on where you think the first baseball player is ranked.

Cokes to the winner ..


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kershaw, Koufax, and the Fallacy of Orthodoxy

Part of the Koufax orthodoxy, of course, is his legend: Retired at 30, at the height of his game, the height of his fame. And then, gone. He never hawked a book, lent his name, or became an autograph factory. Never sat in the booth, or grabbed a mike. Never a hint of scandal, a suggestion of bad behavior. He’d make his Spring Training visits to the Mets or the Dodgers, to see old friends and talk to the kids, and the press covered these casual afternoons like matters of state. Then he’d disappear again, go back to his life. Fifty years of repose; fifty years of grace; fifty years of dignity. Five decades, essentially, of silence. Baseball’s Garbo.

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For a team with such a long and storied tenure (the Dodgers can trace their lineage to 1884, when they were founded in the shadows of Brooklyn shipyards as the Atlantics), you’d think the competition for “Best Ever” would be varied and fierce. But it’s not. Not really.

gehrig97 Posted: February 11, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dazzy vance, dodgers, don drysdale, don sutton, sandy koufax

 

 

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