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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

Friday, January 06, 2017

Active Starting Pitchers Have Virtually No Shot at Hall

Kershaw is four good seasons from Pedro territory, and while injuries do happen, the only active player on a Hall of Fame trajectory and a realistic shot at meeting the standards set by the current writers is Kershaw. He’ll need to add a few more seasons to even be eligible, but it is difficult to imagine a reasonably healthy Kershaw for even just five more MLB seasons failing to gain entry into the Hall of Fame….

Given the absurd demands required of the pitchers here to make a plausible Hall of Fame case by the current standards, you learn two things:

Mike Mussina was incredibly good, as he’s above the standard those players are trying to reach; and
Unless people believe Clayton Kershaw is the only pitcher active who should make the Hall of Fame, then the Hall of Fame needs to adjust their standards to recognize great pitchers.

Justin Verlander seems like the best bet, although a resurgence from Felix Hernandez could give him a shot. If Scherzer and Price can maintain their peaks and have long careers, they might be deserving as well. Sale and Bumgarner have a ways to go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2017 at 10:26 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, hall of fame

Monday, November 07, 2016

MLB Awards Season, Pt 2: The Logic Escapes Me

The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”

In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold whether he wins by .10 seconds or .01 seconds. ​​


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dodgers turn once again to Clayton Kershaw, this time fully rested but with no margin for error - LA Times

If you are a Dodgers fan, who better to keep your team alive?

Kershaw tends to pitch better on regular rest. In his career, he has a 2.31 earned-run average in the regular season on four days’ rest. His ERA rises to 2.61 when he receives five days off.

But these are unique circumstances. His output has been extraordinary these past two weeks. He started Game 1 of the division series against Washington on Oct. 7, and pitched on three days of rest in Game 4. He helped the team avoid elimination, then two days later he collected the final two outs of the clincher at Nationals Park in Game 5.

Three days after that, he took the ball at Wrigley Field. He emerged victorious, allowing just two hits in a 1-0 win, though his effectiveness appeared to wane during the sixth and seventh innings. Kershaw acknowledged that the Cubs might feel more comfortable seeing him pitch again so soon.

“There’s no secrets, anyway, in the game right now,” he said. “There’s so much information. They know every pitch that I throw and every count and every situation. So it’s just a matter of not really focusing on that and just trying to compete every single pitch and execute every single pitch. You maybe have a little less margin for error facing them the second time, but just be better, I guess.”

At a news conference Thursday, a few hours before the Dodgers dropped Game 5, a reporter asked Kershaw about his “excitement” about the challenge that awaits him.

“I don’t know if excitement’s the right word,” he replied.

What is the right word?

“I don’t know; that’s such a deep thought,” Kershaw said with a wry smile. “I don’t know if I have a word for it. But I think you do everything you can to try and keep it just like another start at the beginning.

“Then, obviously, the magnitude and the situation of the game kind of raises everybody’s adrenaline and things like that. But I’m trying to keep it the same right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, dodgers

Monday, October 17, 2016


Friday, October 14, 2016

Dodgers’ Game 5 win is a magical scene right out of 1988 - LA Times

Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, dusty baker, kenley jansen, nationals

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals - LA Times

ICYMI, Kershaw on short rest for the Dodgers today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Friday, October 07, 2016

Clayton Kershaw and the hope

Dodgers nation looks to Clayton Kershaw.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, playoffs

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Andre Ethier makes long-awaited 2016 debut with Dodgers - The Orange County Register

Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.

“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw returns with short outing | SI.com

He must actually be human after all.

Beyond his surviving Friday night’s outing, the big question is how Kershaw will feel Saturday as he recovers and builds towards not only Wednesday’s start but also the three more beyond that prior to the end of the regular season. He returns to a playoff race that looks vastly different than when he went down. Without him, the Dodgers improbably posted the league’s second-best record, going 38–24 while swinging the NL West race by 13 games, from eight behind the Giants (who went 25–37 in the interim, including 17–32 since the All-Star break) to five ahead. Via the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds, the Dodgers entered Friday with a 99.6% chance at making the playoffs, including a 92.5% chance of winning the division.

(BTW, si.com, if you’d stop autoplaying video ads, maybe I’d link to you more often. )

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw makes rehab start | MLB.com

With the playoffs fast approaching, Clayton Kershaw (herniated disk) pitched in a baseball game for the first time since June 26 as he began a rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Whether the ace is ready to return to the Majors has yet to be decided, though Kershaw did say he thinks he will pitch in the next four or five days as long as his back presents no problems while he cools down.
“We’re still ironing some stuff out,” Kershaw said. “At this point, it’s more of a pitch count deal, making sure that I can contribute and not just go out there. It helps that it’s September. We got a lot of guys in the bullpen. We’re still working kinks out, but we’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Clayton Kershaw and Cross-Era Comparisons – The Hardball Times

Koufax and Kershaw are pretty, pretty good.

Definitive or not, though, it’s pretty clear Kershaw’s career is already at least comparable to one of the most revered pitchers in baseball history. Even if Kershaw were to walk away from the game today, his legacy already would be secure. Instead, once he returns to the mound, Dodgers fans finally will get a glimpse at the answer to the question that’s been burning in their hearts for the last 50 years: What if Sandy Koufax had more time?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, sandy koufax

 

 

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