Koufax threw back-to-back shutouts on simply two days’ relaxation to win Games 5 and seven of the 1965 World Series. The Dodgers offense was so anemic within the Sixties that many occasions Koufax couldn’t afford to surrender a couple of or two runs in a recreation to get the win.
La Cañada Flintridge
The headline reads, “With Strikeout Record, Kershaw Is the Greatest Dodger Pitcher Ever.” I believe if my life was on the road, depending on who pitches, Clayton or Sandy, the selection is a no brainer. Clayton will get the ball solely on Yom Kippur.
Had to chuckle at Plaschke’s assertion relating to Kershaw because the Dodgers’ biggest. Compare: 4 no-hitters, plus an ideal recreation. Multiple World Series titles. Kershaw’s World Series title got here in a 60-game season, hardly a check of greatness.
Game 7, World Series on the road, each pitchers of their prime. Who’s gonna pitch? It’s a no brainer: Sandy Ok, any day.
West Los Angeles
Having Bill Plaschke proclaim Clayton Kershaw “the greatest Dodger pitcher ever” is actually debatable. Years of being unable to win the “big” video games, popping out of a recreation after pitching seven excellent innings, leaving a recreation in a 1-1 tie within the seventh inning after establishing the strikeout document, permitting the Dodgers to finally lose the sport, ought to all be taken into consideration.
Kershaw is a good pitcher so I’ll concede to Mr. Plaschke that he’s the “greatest Dodger pitcher ever” for six or seven innings.
Kent M. Paul
If we use John Wooden’s adage, “Be at your best when your best is needed” to find out the best Dodgers pitcher ever, primarily based on postseason efficiency, Koufax wins in a landslide.
Although Bill Shaikin is an impressive sportswriter, I don’t perceive among the apparent omissions in his fawning article celebrating the 10-year anniversary of how Guggenheim “saved” the Dodgers and “revitalized their relationship with the community.” It’s like a narrative in regards to the Titanic that doesn’t point out the iceberg.
The article reminds us about Guggenheim’s “record $8.35-billion television deal with … Time Warner Cable … [because] Kershaw and González and Co. had made the Dodgers into must-see TV.” But it neglected the large story that L.A. Times writers (together with Shaikin) coated extensively for years in articles that always included the phrases fiasco, debacle and greed. None of the cable and satellite tv for pc suppliers that cowl the opposite 70% of Southland households had been prepared the pay the $60 per subscriber per yr that Time Warner demanded to recoup a few of its funding. For years, most Southland households couldn’t watch the Dodgers.
The article recounts that on the primary day the brand new house owners minimize the value of parking from $15 to $10. But it doesn’t point out that they’ve since raised the value of parking to $30. And it prices $50 to park inside strolling distance of the stadium.
And ticket costs? Before the brand new house owners, I paid round $35 to $45 for seats that are actually priced at a fluctuating vary round $160. Seats within the Dugout Club that had been initially $150 are actually $1,250. At least for these seats the brand new house owners are fleecing different billionaires.
Magic Johnson’s phrases, “Let’s move forward, please. Frank’s not here. He’s not a part of the Dodgers anymore” is de facto only a pipe dream. Frank nonetheless owns the parking heaps. And, at $30 per automotive (solely $25 if you are going to buy the parking on-line), Frank is unquestionably nonetheless right here.
Dylan Hernández made some nice factors in his column in regards to the Dodgers’ lack of religion in Julio Urías. Among essentially the most worrisome is that we are able to presumably see a repeat of final yr’s whole bungling of pitchers within the playoffs. Roberts and Friedman tried to get too cute with who began, who relieved and when. It value L.A. one other World Series title. And it looks like they might do it once more. Blue Heaven assist us.
So now Hernández has common himself as each the supervisor and president of baseball operations for the Dodgers. He thinks he’s smarter than each and may inform them how you can run the Dodgers group and group.
Let’s level out that the Dodgers are off to the second-best begin of any group in MLB. They are in first place within the West and have among the many lowest group ERAs within the NL. The bullpen has been distinctive.
Now alongside comes Hernández telling the group how you can use Julio Urías. He has a 1.88 ERA to start out the season and that’s partly as a result of he’s being managed by a corporation that desires to maintain him (and the remainder of the starters) contemporary and damage free. When you have got a bullpen that doesn’t blow video games you may afford to elevate a starter. Also, it’s not simply the Dodgers doing this, it’s what number of with comparable pitching energy deal with their staffs.
‘Winning Time’ win
Having learn a collection of latest letters criticizing HBO’s “Winning Time,” I believe old-time Lakers followers are expressing their respect for Jerry West greater than their true opinion of the TV collection, in the event that they’ve even watched it.
I frankly love “Winning Time,” and assume it’s a great deal of enjoyable, cheekily irreverent and fantastically written and filmed. The appearing is superb all through with an important solid consisting of skilled actors like John C. Reilly, Wood Harris and Sally Field in addition to the brand new younger actors taking part in Magic and Kareem. The portrayal of the Jack McKinney-Paul Westhead-Pat Riley teaching quandary in the course of the 1979-80 season is completely compelling. Every week I inform my spouse that the most recent episode is “the best yet.”
Reading an article by Helene Elliott about hockey on paper … precise paper.
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