LOS ANGELES – Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw woke up Thursday morning and did what baseball fans around the country did when they watched him get knocked out of a perfect game the previous afternoon: England We wonder what could happen.
“But at the end of the day, in the present moment, it feels like the right decision,” Kershaw said. “I can’t go back now.”
Kershaw was eliminated with just six points in what was trending towards the first perfect match of his illustrious career. He threw 80 throws with 13 shots by the time he made the Minnesota Twins quick late into Saturday’s game.
But he also made his season debut after a short training session in the spring, after a winter when he didn’t play baseball until January, and after a season that saw him miss October. because of an elbow injury.
Kershaw publicly defended the decision after Wednesday’s trip finale and took on a similar tone ahead of the Dodgers’ home opener on Thursday, but he also admitted that a younger version of him could have handled it differently.
His manager agreed.
“Absolutely possible,” said Dave Roberts. “Clayton has grown tremendously, as a football player, as a man. His life has completely changed. It’s an easy answer – he will react. other.”
Kershaw, 34, became only the second player in major league history to complete at least seven innings and be eliminated with a perfect match still intact. The other was his former teammate, Rich Hill, who suffered the same fate after throwing 89 throws in seven innings against the Miami Marlins on September 10, 2016. Roberts was also the one who eliminated Hill. He was defending himself from problems related to the blisters but later said he felt “stomach upset” about the decision.
Roberts seems more peaceful in Kershaw’s case.
“I like to think we’re all baseball fans,” Roberts said. “I know I’m having. And so the fans want to witness the great moments. I totally get that. Clayton wants to witness the great moment for himself. But I can’t manage it. manage a football club and players with his fan hat.”
Many others, mostly expressing themselves through social media, strongly disagree. Despite the circumstances, Roberts’ decision was seen by many as a reflection of why casual fans continue to shy away from baseball in the modern era, given that pitchers’ overprotection Origins – like the popularity of cutting-edge analytics – stripped the sport away. its soul.
Roberts was on the other side of a similar debate on October 27, 2020, when Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash knocked Blake Snell out of World Series Game 6 while he was out of action at innings. six and watch the Dodgers come back to win, and claim the title, against his bullshoe.
“If I were a fan, I would like to see someone finish the game,” Kershaw said. “From a fan’s perspective, I really feel bad about it. I wish I could do that. But yesterday wasn’t the day.”
Kershaw spent 10 weeks during the second half of last season recovering from soreness around his pitching elbow, which failed in the early stages of his recovery. He returned in mid-September, completed four warm-ups and then felt the same discomfort in the second half on the first night of October, days before the start of the post-season. He took a serious walk off the mound of Dodger Stadium that night and didn’t play again that season, which saw the Dodgers knocked out by the Atlanta Braves in the Series National Championship largely because of staff Their departure is running on smoke.
Many throughout the sport wondered if Kershaw could retire until he returned to the Dodgers on a one-year, $17 million deal that was agreed almost immediately after the closure was agreed. lifted on March 11. He made four Cactus League starts then threw the equivalent of five innings in practice on April 7 and felt good throughout. But he didn’t exceed 75 throws in any of those games.
When asked what kind of risk he would put himself in trying to finish the perfect match, Kershaw said: “There’s no way of knowing. I could have thrown nine innings and be fine for the rest of the game. I could have thrown two innings yesterday and got injured the next day. It’s in the best interest of the team and I’m ready in October. It all seems to call right in at the moment.”
Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and one-time MVP, completed an unsuccessful shot on June 18, 2014, and would have had a perfect match that night had it not been for a misfire. Hanley Ramirez’s mistake. Kershaw had that kind of stuff on Wednesday, tossing his fast ball at an average of 91.8 mph and generating rattles on 63% of the sliders swung in.
As Gavin Lux pulls off a slick mid-to-late run of season seven, the possibility of a perfect game starts to become real with Kershaw. Moments later, Roberts announced that he was done.
The 24th perfect game in baseball’s long history will have to wait.
“It’s something special, I don’t take it for granted,” Kershaw said. “I understand the history of the game, I understand the meaning of the game of baseball. There’s only been 20 things in history, so I understand that. But I said it the other day – individual things. not why. I keep playing the game. I want to win. That replaces anything personal for me.”
A similar situation famously backfired with New York Mets coach Terry Collins on June 1, 2012, when he let Johan Santana hit an off target that required 134 pitches. Santana, who still has the only shot on target in Mets history, struggled through 10 more games that year, then underwent a second shoulder surgery and never played again.
The opposite situation occurred on September 2, 1996, when Joe Torre eliminated David Cone seven rounds without success. Weeks later, he dominated the Braves in Game 3 of the World Series, helping the New York Yankees finally overcome a two-game losing streak to win the championship. Kershaw is hoping for a similar outcome.
“From a fan’s perspective, it’s hard to swallow,” Kershaw said of not finishing his perfect match. “Hopefully when we win the World Series in October, that will make sense.”
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/33740543/los-angeles-dodgers-ace-clayton-kershaw-reiterates-was-right-call-remove-perfect-game Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw Reiterates That It Was The ‘Right Call’ To Eliminate Him In The Perfect Match