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Don’t get lulled to sleep by the Dodgers dramatic climb into first place.  While it has been a very good run, not incredible (last year was incredible!), the Dodger brass should not be satisfied.  This team has flaws that can be exposed in a short series.  Defense and pitching are always paramount in the playoffs.    This team could win 95 to 98 games and still get run in the NLCS if some issues are not addressed, and the best time to address issues is while you are doing well.  If you are doing poorly, other teams think you are desperate and try to hold you up.  In short, right now is a sellers market.

As much as I know how awesome Hanley Ramirez can be, if he’s healthy and doing well, the Dodgers should trade him.  The Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox and Mariners have been suggested.  Arruebarrena looks like an Omar Viquel-esque replacement whose defense could save a few games and so far, his bat is not detrimental.

Andre Ethier is heating up, but is no centerfielder.  Ramirez and Ethier should be enough to get a real CF, or a couple of really good bullpen arms.  Centerfielders are in high demand and I don’t see many that could be available, even in a 3 or 4 way deal.  I still think Dee Gordon could be that guy with Guerrero going to 2B after he gets his ear back in shape.  On his rehab, I hear they are playing it by ear!

I just think the Dodgers should deal from a position of strength.  They can’t afford another Punch and Judy bat – if Gordon moved to CF, they could have a 25 HR guy at 2B.  That said, the Dodgers are in first place with Kemp, Gonzo, Ethier,  Crawford and Ellis under-performing.  Odds are, some of them might get it going!

Does anyone still think Clayton Kershaw can’t be the best Dodger pitcher of all time?  I didn’t say he was NOW, but look at him get better EVERY year.  Sandy Koufax had a  somewhat stressful delivery – Clayton is free and easy and his slider is the best in the majors.  If he doesn’t get hurt, he’s going to make you Koufax apologists relent!

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  1. Campy says:

    Guys that are tradeable and have good value:
    Hanley–his replacement would be Arrr, a good golve but an unknown bat that has potential.
    SVS–he is a valuable reserve and power off the bench, but he needs to play everyday and that isn’t going to happen in our outfield (or 1st base).
    Either–still has value and has been swinging better lately. Just has no position on our squad Replacement would probably be Joc or a CF in trade.
    Kemp–gets more attractive every day, in fact I would hate to trade him. Turning into a good LF, if his attitude is good……
    Haren–has been a plesant surprise, going for #9 today. Is doing better than most starting pitchers in NL just doesn’t look so good in our rotation. Only trade him if there is a package that includes a good starting pitcher to put in his place, so it hardly seems reasonable to trade him.
    Some of our prospects in the minors. Just hate to trade away the future, which looks bright for several of them.
    There are also a couple of RP that have little value that need to be cut loose, one way or another.

    One or two of these could be used as the key player in a package to get players to plug a couple of holes, like CF and the BP. The trouble with CF is that there are only about 3 good CFers in the league and they seem untouchable. Looks to me that the only possible solution for us is, Either (a stopgap measure) or Joc. There are, however, several possibilities that could bring help to the BP.

    Sure is fun to do Ned’s job for him.

  2. Badger says:

    Koufax had a stressful delivery? Not according to pitching coaches. His delivery was flawless. The reason he broke down was simply a matter of innings pitched over a short period of time. Don’t know why you continue to misunderstand this blatantly obvious fact. Kershaw will never face that challenge.

    Having said that, I got him behind not only Koufax, but Drysdale, Sutton and Hershiser. But, he will likely surpass all but Koufax before he is done.

    I say again, I answer the phone and listen to all offers but hey, We are flying high in first place with these guys. If you want any of them make me an offer I can’t refuse. If you can’t do that, go pluck yourself.

  3. BOB says:

    A slightly more objective commentary regarding Kershaw.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Clayton_Kershaw

    If you judge a pitcher with ERA+ then Kershaw does not get better EVERY year. It has been 3 steps forward one step back for him. He gets better every odd year.
    Same trend according to FIP except for 2014 where he is off the chart good at 1.48. And his WHIP is real good this year too!
    He is trending in the right direction and he is one of the most competitive athletes around so he could possibly improve some more.
    He’s certainly worth more than his $4,000,000 salary this year.

  4. BOB says:

    Is DM playing with Kemp’s head again? Van Slyke replaces Kemp in center field and then when Kemp begins another slump he is replaced in LF by Van Slyke? Not cool!

    Before making any trades for relief pitchers Ned should just tell DM to overuse Perez and Maholm, and of course make them pinch run without warming up, or DFA them at the All-Srar break and bring up 2 prospects. If the two prospects do not work out between the break and the trade deadline then make a trade.

    And please send Lee back to AA where he belongs.

    • Badger says:

      Kershaw $4 million? I guess we don’t count the $18 million signing bonus? He’s already put up 36 WAR. Hopefully it evens out over the next several years.

      Lee just needs to keep pitching. Does it matter where? Getting blowed up occasionally at AAA or being demoted, his confidence level can’t be very high right now. He maybe needs a change of scenery so, whatever. We’ve already overpaid him so, maybe go ahead and send him to sea level or….. trade him?

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    Article in the New York Times sports section yesterday. Read it in the hospital . . .
    BASEBALL
    Now Pitchers Have the Power
    Hitters in M.L.B. This Season Have Struggled at Historic Rates
    By: Tyler Kepner
    July 3, 2004

    When Mark Teixeira was drafted into professional baseball in 2001, brawny hitters mauled terrified pitchers and ruled the major leagues. Less than a generation later, run producers like Teixeira feel like hunters on the prowl for endangered species.

    “There’s more talented pitchers — I truly believe that,” Teixeira, the Yankees’ first baseman, said after a loss last month to Jesse Chavez, a skinny journeyman who has blossomed for the Oakland Athletics.

    “Because of that, there’s less runs scored, there’s closer games and more teams are in it. I don’t think hitting’s getting any better.”

    It is not. As teams passed the 81-game midpoint of the season, they were averaging just 4.13 runs per game through Wednesday. If the average stays at that level through the end of the season, it will be the majors’ lowest mark since 1992. Strikeouts continue to rise; walks and home runs continue to decline; and the major league batting average, .251, is the lowest since 1972, the year before the creation of the designated hitter.

    A stronger testing program for performance-enhancing drugs, more sophisticated analysis of hitters’ tendencies, a changing amateur scene, and, especially this season, a sharp increase in defensive shifts have coalesced to help the pitchers — with no end in sight.

    “None of the stuff that’s come up the last several years has benefited offense,” said Joe Maddon, the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. “It’s actually subtracted from offense, and it’s going to continue to subtract. Offense is going to go back almost to the dead-ball era. You’re always going to have several really good hitters — guys who would have hit well in 1894 and 2014 — but you’re going back to normal human beings playing the game, with none of the advantages.”

    The 4.13-runs-per-game average is a full run lower than in 2000, the peak of the so-called steroid era. The major league on-base percentage is a meager .316, and the slugging percentage, .390, is at its lowest point since 1992.

    The addition of two expansion teams, and the resulting influx of weaker pitchers, helped reverse that trend in 1993; two more teams would join the majors in 1998. At the same time, the sport’s leaders, reeling from a devastating strike, failed to recognize — or simply denied — the impact of the growing use of steroids.

    “During the bulk of my playing career, in the ’90s, offensive explosions ruled the day,” said Jerry Dipoto, the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager and a former reliever. “But four or five years now is more than a trend. I think we’ve settled into this as the position baseball’s in right now. How many years it lasts, I don’t know.”

    Buck Martinez, a Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster and a former major league manager and catcher, reached the majors in 1969, the year baseball lowered the mound in response to an epidemic of offensive futility. In 1968, the major league batting average was .237, Denny McLain earned 31 victories and Bob Gibson posted a 1.12 earned run average. The American League batting champion, Carl Yastrzemski, hit just .301.

    “It was a beautiful game,” Martinez said. “Every pitch was meaningful. Now it’s home runs, home runs, home runs.”
    It is for the Blue Jays, who lead the majors in homers and play at the cozy Rogers Centre. Most hitters, though, are far less successful when swinging for the fences. Martinez said hitters have generally struggled to handle this era’s newest mainstream pitch — the cutter — which moves on a more sideways plane than the slider. And hitters routinely say that pitchers, especially relievers, throw harder than ever.

    This was a common refrain in the steroid era, too, but the prevailing notion is that pitchers throw harder now — even without drugs — largely because of the increased specialization at youth levels. Teams also encourage talented pitchers to throw harder for shorter stretches in the bullpen rather than pace themselves as starters.

    “Vidal Nuno’s the starter and Dellin Betances is a reliever?” said David Cone, a former Cy Young Award winner, contrasting soft- and hard-throwing Yankees pitchers. “To me, that just crystallizes the whole situation. More and more, you’re going to see finesse pitchers in the rotation and power guys in the bullpen.”

    If pitchers are not recording strikeouts, they are often daring hitters to put the ball in play. The avalanche of data in the modern game naturally benefits pitchers, who control the action, more than hitters, who simply react. Teams are more aware of hitters’ tendencies than ever, and many have responded with extreme defensive alignments.

    According to Baseball Info Solutions, an analytics service that provides most teams with data, major league teams are on pace to use almost 14,000 shifts on balls in play this year, which would shatter last year’s record of just over 8,000. In 2011, the service counted fewer than 2,500 shifts.
    This trend, naturally, turns many would-be hits into outs. Yet hitters, so far, have been slow to adjust, partly out of competitive pride.

    “I think when hitters start to smarten up and use the deficiencies in those shifts, they’ll quit doing them,” Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington said. “But, hey, machoism. They go up there, there’s a shift, and they want to bash the ball through it instead of giving yourself some room off the plate, taking the ball the other way, dropping bunts, keeping ’em honest. That’s the only way it’s going to change. But hitters today are stubborn.”

    Washington said hitters had the talent to adapt but lacked the patience, knowledge and confidence to do so. For this, he blames the tendency of teams to rush prospects to the majors before they are ready.

    Yet teams increasingly crave athletic players to help prevent runs in the field and create them on the bases. Athletic translates to younger, and the supply of talented prospects — anecdotally, at least — is thin.

    Scouts routinely bemoan the lack of legitimate power hitters in college programs. Since the N.C.A.A. switched to a less lively bat in 2011, the college game has been largely predicated on stolen bases and small ball; Vanderbilt just won a championship despite going almost six weeks without a homer before the title game.

    College baseball programs are allowed only 11.7 scholarships, fewer than other popular sports, and most scholarships are only partial. Further, argued the agent Scott Boras, the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which essentially capped teams’ draft spending, has chased away potential power hitters.

    “You have to have strength to hit,” Boras said. “Where are our strength athletes going these days? They’re going to basketball and football because our bonus structure has eroded. The N.C.A.A. issue and the bonus issue have got to change because the bonuses are not attracting enough people.”

    Asked why the same issues would not also dilute the pool of power pitchers, Boras said: “Because pitchers are not strength people. To have a great arm you don’t necessarily have to have strength. You have to have strength to be durable, but you could have a natural skill to throw hard, and those are not athletes that necessarily play football.” Major League Baseball, of course, has no jurisdiction over the N.C.A.A., and the collective bargaining agreement is in place through 2016. Even if there were more scholarships and larger bonuses for amateurs, the effect on offense would take time.

    Maddon proposed, somewhat fancifully, that advancements in vision could someday help hitters’ reaction times. And, theoretically, baseball could resort to gimmicks to alter the rules and stimulate offense.

    But the industry has little incentive to do so. The average major league attendance, measured by tickets sold, was 29,801 through Sunday, ahead of last year at the same point. Crowds tend to increase in the second half of the season, meaning that average attendance will likely exceed 30,000 per game for the 11th year in a row.

    In addition, despite low World Series TV ratings, baseball is awash in revenue. The sport reached an eight-year deal with Fox, ESPN and TBS for its national rights fees in 2012. The value of that contract was $12.4 billion, a 100 percent increase over the previous deal.

    Brian Anderson, who calls games for the Milwaukee Brewers, said the defensive shifting makes broadcasts more entertaining, and not just for the added strategic elements to describe.

    “There’s the visual of a shift,” Anderson said. “From a center-field camera, you see a rocket right back through the middle and your first instinct is: ‘Yeah!’ But there’s a guy standing right there. It totally confuses you. It’s good TV. It’s very entertaining to go, ‘Whoa, there’s a guy there.’”

    For less dedicated fans, though, the lack of base runners may have a different effect.

    With so many low-scoring games, Teixeira said, some fans might stay interested because their team, in theory, has a better chance to win. But others will not be quite so captivated, as Teixeira knows from the way he follows soccer and hockey.

    “I want to see goals,” he said. “I don’t know the players; I don’t know the offense or the defense they run, or their strategy necessarily. If I turn on a game, I want to see some goals, and I think that’s the same way for baseball. If you’re a casual fan and you watch a game, you want to see guys put the ball in the seats and make it interesting.”

    The game remains interesting for those who love it, and it probably always will. But baseball is different than it was just a few years ago, and nobody knows quite when, or how, the hitters can reclaim an edge.

    Correction: July 3, 2014
    An earlier version of this article misspelled, in one instance, the surname of the Yankees’ first baseman. He is Mark Teixeira, not Teixiera.

  6. Roger Dodger says:

    Watching on my IPad in the rehab place my wife is in now.

    Send AJ Ellis down to lower ball to Manage to start his new career.

    He did not even swing at a pitch. Terrible.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    What Badger said about Koufax.

    “If he doesn’t get hurt, he’s going to make you Koufax apologists relent!” Exactly what are smoking? And in my case maybe you don’t understand the part about where I’ve said that Kershaw will have a better career due to longevity, but in no way is he the pitcher Koufax was. And although I don’t recall him expressing it that way, I suspect that Badger feels the same way.

    And I’ll repeat what Badger said, i.e., Koufax had anything but a stressful delivery. Actually, I believe his elbow problems were the result of jamming his elbow while sliding back into second base on a pick-off attempt in 1964 (an injury that kept him from winning another Cy Young that year). I think Walter Alston may have put him in as pinch runner. And by the way, we saw last year the result of Kershaw piling up innings when he got clobbered by the Cardinals in his last game. Apparently the 260 innings he pitched last year (season + playoffs) was too much for him. And there was that game before his final start when he pitched on 3 days rest. Wonder what he would have done if he had to pitch 330 innings or more in four man rotation? Think he could have shut-out the Twins (a slugging team) in the 7th game of the 1965 World Series (2-0), on TWO DAYS REST?

    Why mess with a good thing? Gordon has grown comfortable at 2B, and has exhibited exceptional range. I get frustrated when I see our non-CFs let fly balls hit the ground where they should be. But I’d get just as frustrated when our second baseman was unable to reach a ground ball or pop-up that I know Gordon would have gotten to. And although Gordon can probably become a very good, maybe even exceptional in CF, he might not be that right now. If he’s to go to CF, then probably that’s a project for next year. And since he’s hitting, and getting his bunting together, I see no reason to add any additional burdens to his mind. Again, I wouldn’t mess with a good thing. Besides, there are probably other other solutions to CF, be it from our own farm system or a trade.

    As for Guerrero replacing Gordon at 2B when the latter moves to CF, maybe next year, but not now. We don’t know the effect of being out after having part of his ear bitten off has had on Guerrero. And to top it off, despite his obvious potential with the bat, Guerrero is still unproven at the big league level. He might do extremely well, or he might need time to adjust. I wouldn’t take anything for granted.

    Seeing Haren today, and for most of his starts recently, the Dodgers might could use another starting pitcher. Maybe.

    It occurred to me last night that the Dodgers were in a position of strength to deal compared to where they were when they were 9.5 back. As for dealing Hanley, like I said in an earlier post, I would do it, but only if the return was substantial. Otherwise his bat is too valuable to move.

    Finally, the #1 priority right now is AT LEAST another quality bullpen arm. If we can get more than one, all the merrier. Since Roger brought his name up, can Starlin Castro play CF? OK, don’t take that seriously.

  8. Badger says:

    7th – AJ, what are you looking for if not a fastball down the middle?

    8th – both Puig and Ramirez swung at ball 4.

    Well said Brooklyn. I don’t believe I was aware of Koufax jamming his elbow. I was aware of 56 complete games and 686 innings pitched the last two years of his career. Kershaw won’t have half that many complete games in his entire career, which means he won’t surpass 40 shutouts either.

  9. Badger says:

    Well they made it close. It is frustrating to see pros fail to execute plate discipline with the game on the line. I guess Puig isn’t that experienced is he. At bats like that one should learn him. With first base open and only one out he isn’t going to give you anything good to hit. He’s gonna try to strike you out with a breaking ball at the shins. And he did.

    Anybody seen Matt Kemp?

    Haren in Colorado is just a bad idea.

  10. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Badger, I’m not 100% sure about Koufax jamming his elbow, but do believe I remember something to that effect. I also do know that he was out with an elbow injury in 1964, which I believe occurred in August. Koufax ended up 19-5 that year, and I believe he had the 19 victories when he went out in August. Would probably have won 25 – 28 games that year had he remained healthy.

    • Roger Dodger says:

      Brooklyn, I remember something about Koufax’s arm — the left one was like 3 inches or more longer than the other. And his suits had to be changed in that arm length.

    • Michael says:

      Sandys’ early demise was due to an arthritic left elbow which may have been partly exasperated by overuse or jamming it sliding back into 2nd base like Brooklyn correctly recalled. After Badgers opinion earlier I remembered it as an arthritic condition so I googled Sandy Koufax and went to his Wikipedia page. It is a real nice read that only takes about 5 minutes. Let’s just call them 1 and 1A until the final chapter is wrote.

      • Badger says:

        Just read it Michael:

        “1966 season
        In April 1966, Kerlan told Koufax it was time to retire and that his arm could not take another season. Koufax kept Kerlan’s advice to himself and went out every fourth day to pitch. He ended up pitching 323 innings, a 27–9 record, and a 1.73 ERA. ”

        AFTER his doctor told him his arm could not take another season, that he could lose the use of his arm if he did pitch, he did that! Freakin amazing. There will never be another like him.

  11. Watford Dodger says:

    Jesus – Roger – those are the longest: best posts I’ve ever seen you post. You seem to have more time on your hands since the missus went on the DL?

    • Badger says:

      “Mr. Koufax’s motion “was biomechanically perfect”.

      That’s what every pitching coach I ever heard had to say about it. That’s why he was able to do what he did. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happened to him. Just re-read every stat that has been posted and reposted in here and drop your insane bias. Koufax threw 95 mph and snapped off the most wicked curve ball anybody ever saw and he did it FOR 56 COMPLETE GAMES AND 686 INNINGS IN 2 YEARS!! If Sandy threw under today’s conditions he might still be pitching.

      You buy them books…. you send them to school……..

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Yep, that pretty much nails it. I think, ironically, that by figuring out how to maximize the leverage in his body, Koufax put more stress on it.” First off, she said “I think”. Secondly, is she a doctor, an expert on pitching mechanics? Maybe she has a degree kinesiology, or not. Or maybe, and most likely, doesn’t have a clue about pitching mechanics or anything related to it.

    • Badger says:

      Good point. I’m sure after being Torre’d for years there was some “stress” on his arm. What do you think would happen to Kershaw if he were asked to complete 54 games over the next two years? Just for reference, in his career, this is his 7th year, he has a total of 13 CG’s.

      Belt is back. The midgets were 1 for 9 WRISP and still scored 5. 3 home runs. Can’t rely on the Pods to help out.

  13. Campy says:

    I remember Vin talking (long, long ago) about Sandy’s unusually large and strong back muscles that gave him the ability to throw harder. Does anyone else remember that being mentioned as a contributing factor to his great pitching?

  14. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Michael’s post above prompted me to check out Koufax’s page on Wikipedia. Regarding Koufax jamming his elbow in 1964 sliding back into second base on a pick-off throw, there’s this:

    “Koufax jammed his pitching arm in August while diving back to second base to beat a pick-off throw. He managed to pitch and win two more games. However, the morning after his 19th win, a shutout in which he struck out 13 batters, he could not straighten his arm. He was diagnosed by Dodgers’ team physician Robert Kerlan with traumatic arthritis. With the Dodgers out of the pennant race, the book was closed on Koufax and his 19–5 record.”

    So much for that talk about Koufax putting more stress on his arm while pitching. Just hold your breath if Mattingly ever uses Kershaw to pinch run.

    Campy, I also remember hearing something similar about Koufax’s back muscles. He also had extremely long fingers, which enabled him to throw the best curveball I’ve ever seen (yes, better than Kershaw’s).

    • Campy says:

      The only curveball I have seen that compares with Koufax’s was thrown by Sad Sam Jones who pitched for the Giants from 1959-61. Sam was a right hander and they usually can’t throw a curve as effectively as a lefty, but he had a great curve (21 wins in ’59 and I think he had a no hitter that year).

      Sandy threw his curve harder than Kershaw throws his (mostly in the 70’s so it also acts as a change up), but then, Sandy threw everything harder than everyone back then. I expected a no hitter every time he took the mound.

      • Badger says:

        We’re old guys aren’t we.

        Kershaw is the best Dodger pitcher in quite a while. I think he is clearly the best in MLB today. I hope he pitches for the entirety of his contract, though I have my doubts he will. Koufax started 314 games, pitched in 397 (all by age 30) When Kershaw has that many games under his belt we can compare the numbers. It’s way too early to do so now.

        • Campy says:

          I think there is a chance that Kershaw quits before his career is over. He has things in his life that seem to be more important to him than numbers and records. His church work and charity work are to be admired and seem to be a central part of his life. He might see them as more important than more $$$ and more accolades, things that keep many athletes playing the game. He has his head on right and will make a good decision when the time comes.
          I agree that it is way too early to compare these two great pitchers, and think that it is really impossible to compare athletes in any sport with others that played in a different era. The game changes over time and baseball is played very different now than it was in Koufax’s day. This discussion makes for fun debate, but I doubt it will ever be resolved, too subjective.

          • Badger says:

            Agree. Kershaw is guaranteed $215 million and has already made about $20 million. He can quit whenever he wants. It seems that this generation of hard throwers doesn’t last as long as they usta did so it wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t pitch the length of his contract (7 years). Even if he does I doubt in 7 years he will be doing what he is doing now. Pitchers back in koufax’s time pitched through pain because they felt they had to. With the guaranteed money today these guys just don’t have to do it.

  15. Badger says:

    ‘topes played 2 7 ‘s. Romak 4 for 8 with 2 dingers. So what. Crawford 1 for 2 with a run scored and didn’t play the second game. Hope he feels ok today.

  16. bobbie17 says:

    Just comparing Kershaw to Koufax is a compliment to Kershaw. Kershaw will never be in Koufax’ class until he wins 4 rings and 5 straight era titles. Not to mention 4 no hitters. Not to mention being on 5 World Series teams. Not to mention being the stud in all those postseasons. Kershaw hasn’t had the chance to pitch in playoff situations much, but last year he bombed. He is great, maybe the best out there, but he has a long way to go to be in the class of Koufax. Of course, he needs a team to get him to those opportunities, which he hasn’t had yet. I agree with Brooklyn that a tweak in the bullpen is what is needed right now. I think, however, that if Mattingly can discover someone already on the team that can take the ball in 7th and 8th, this is the best bet. The team bought a lot of relief pitchers in the off season, and I think we can stick with those guys, provided Mattingly figures out how to use them. Last night was a stupid use of the bullpen. The game was almost over in the 7th inning, and he brings in some of his best bullpen guys. Stupid. That was the time to put in Wilson and his crappy buddies. Now those good guys might not be available today. Stupid. That is what I mean by making better use of what you have. Please don’t trade our minor league guys. They could be our future. To get what we may need, we shouldn’t have to.

  17. Pete M says:

    I get an ‘eary’ feeling when I talk about Guerrero… I had him pegged as top 3 in the R.O.Y. award and still feel that way… I’m actually thrilled by Gordon’s improvement because he’s a great kid and got here by hard work and not reading blogs or newspapers… Comeback player of the year???
    I s’ear’iously think a lot of the responders never got a look at Koufax… I was blessed to sneak my way into seats behind home plate at the Coliseum and the Ravine and saw the likes of Koufax, Big ‘D’, Gibson, Marichal etc… There was a young black pitcher in that era that had a stroke and proceeding the stroke he complained about health issues and was branded in his city as a malcontent… Why??? I think we know… He may have been better than all of em… J.R Richard… Absolutely FILTHY STUFF…

    • Badger says:

      I sure remember him. Scary dude. 6’8″ and led the league in strikeouts, wild pitches and walks. He was a few years after Koufax, but he too was out of the league by age 30. Sad story. Costly divorce, stroke, got scammed in a business deal, homeless, but I think he is ok now.

  18. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I don’t know how much Kershaw has made with the Dodgers, but whatever it is, add to that the money he makes with endorsements, etc. Sure that stuff adds up to a pretty penny.

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