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Sunday, May 01, 2022

Clayton Kershaw moved by ovation for breaking Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-time strikeouts record

A sold-out crowd rose to its feet after Clayton Kershaw recorded the 2,697th regular-season strikeout of his career Saturday in the fourth inning, breaking a Los Angeles Dodgers record that Don Sutton held across five decades.

A graphic representing the milestone flashed on the Dodger Stadium video boards, and the roar of 52,613 fans intensified. Play was halted, and Kershaw—famously meticulous, intense and hyper-focused during his start days—finally broke character.

He lifted his cap, patted his chest from the rubber, strolled behind the mound, raised his hat once more, then collected himself before continuing on his outing.

“It’s special,” Kershaw said after producing another solid outing in the Dodgers’ 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. “I didn’t expect it. I understand that the Dodgers are a historic franchise and have been around a long time, so the guys that are on that list that I was fortunate enough to pass was a big deal. But I didn’t know that fans would know or honestly care that much. It was special for me. It really was. It was cool to see. I tried to brush it off and keep going, but they wouldn’t let me. It definitely meant a lot.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2022 at 10:19 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 02, 2022 at 12:01 PM (#6074762)
Clayton Kershaw recorded the 2,697th regular-season strikeout of his career Saturday in the fourth inning, breaking a Los Angeles Dodgers record

Good thing for those fans that Kershaw was able to do it before throwing 80 pitches.
   2. BDC Posted: May 02, 2022 at 01:16 PM (#6074777)
The way they repeat "Los Angeles Dodgers" made me think that somebody had more for Brooklyn. But no, the Brooklyn Dodgers record is 1,918 by Dazzy Vance. But I guess on the theory that there might be some Dodgers somewhere else where somebody had more …
   3. The Honorable Ardo Posted: May 02, 2022 at 03:39 PM (#6074807)
Dodger pitcher strikeouts, all-time leaders:

1) Clayton Kershaw 2700
2) Don Sutton 2696
3) Don Drysdale [who I'd thought to be the previous record-holder] 2486
4) Sandy Koufax 2396
5) Dazzy Vance 1918
6) Fernando Valenzuela 1759

The top 5 are also the top 5 in pitching WAR (albeit not in the same order, though Kershaw is #1 on both lists). Fernando is displaced by dead-ball star Nap Rucker, but still checks in at #9.
   4. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 02, 2022 at 03:59 PM (#6074817)
Put me down for someone shocked that Sutton held the record. He pitched for the Dodgers longer than I would have thought (I thought he pitched for the Brewers for longer) and struck out more than I remembered. I would have one with Drysdale.
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2022 at 04:31 PM (#6074827)
Even though Sutton ended up pitching for four other teams, he was older when he left the Dodgers (the first time) than Drysdale was. I had forgotten that Sutton came back to the Dodgers in the World Championship season of 1988, although they released him halfway through the season.

Here's something about Don Drysdale: He started 40 or more games five straight seasons. The only other guy I can find who's done that since the days of Cy Young was Wilbur Wood.
   6. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 03, 2022 at 12:05 AM (#6074923)
I need to work on reading comprehension, because that does not say that Kershaw was moved by ovulation.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 03, 2022 at 06:39 AM (#6074930)
that does not say that Kershaw was moved by ovulation.

Fitting, since he got screwed out of a perfect game.
   8. Ithaca2323 Posted: May 03, 2022 at 09:20 AM (#6074935)
Fitting, since he got screwed out of a perfect game.


Approximately 15% of perfect games taken through 7 innings have been completed. But yeah, let's keep pushing that narrative
   9. Adam Starblind Posted: May 03, 2022 at 12:25 PM (#6074961)
Approximately 15% of perfect games taken through 7 innings have been completed. But yeah, let's keep pushing that narrative


Boy, you really got him good. He should have said "screwed out of a significant chance at a perfect game." Hey-o!
   10. Ithaca2323 Posted: May 03, 2022 at 01:30 PM (#6074971)
Boy, you really got him good. He should have said "screwed out of a significant chance at a perfect game." Hey-o!


He should have, because that's actually what happened. The "chance" part of it is the entire point of why the Dodgers pulled him.

And, newsflash, guys get pulled with a "chance" at history on the line all the time.

Earlier this year, Nestor Cortes had 12 K's in 5 innings. He had a chance at the all-time single-game K record. Why didn't the Yankees leave him in to try?

It happens all the time. Verlander and Cole was pulled from *eight* such starts in 2019 alone. Maybe the only reason 20 K games are rare is because teams don't let pitchers try for them.

How many people do you think paid to see the Cubs in 2001, expressly to see Sammy Sosa hit home runs? Maybe he wanted another shot at the single season record. How dare the Cubs pull him from a 14-5 loss and a 16-3 win before those fans got a chance to see him go for 4 in a game where, like Kershaw, he was obviously in a groove.

How many chances at history have we been robbed of, anyway?

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