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Dodgers´ Clayton Kershaw
throws his first no-hitter

Los Angeles Times, by Bill Shaikin

Original Article

Posted By:SoCalGal, 6/19/2014 4:08:33 PM

On the scoreboard in right field, it was 10:08 p.m. in the City of the Angels. And a crowd of 46,069 had just sat in to see the best pitcher in baseball throw the first no-hitter of his career. Clayton Kershaw, who reminds us of Sandy Koufax with every flash of greatness, did it with a flurry. (Snip) Never in major league history had a pitcher given up neither a hit nor a walk while striking out 15. The only pitcher with more strikeouts in a no-hitter: Nolan Ryan, the all-time strikeout leader. Kershaw is so respected that his teammates lined up in front of the dugout to listen to his postgame television interview.

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And he is an exemplary young man. One of the really good guys.

They beat the Rockies 8-0.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 6/19/2014 4:59:49 PM     (No. 9892670)

Wow !
But the comparison to Koufax... I don´t know if it´s a fair comparison; there are many more teams now, which has certainly diluted the talent base.

Still, Kershaw´s ERA through his career is just 2.60 - that is flat-out phenomenal.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/19/2014 6:03:49 PM     (No. 9892728)

Here´s his personal side:

Off the field, Kershaw is an active participant in volunteer work. He and his wife, Ellen, launched "Kershaw’s Challenge" and wrote the book Arise to help to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia. He has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work.

And for the baseball junkies:

Kershaw´s pitching style relies on a lot of deception. He keeps the ball hidden so that it is hard for the batter to pick up the ball and has a consistent delivery on all of his pitches.[90] Out of the stretch, he uses a slide step as it makes it difficult for the base runner at first base to get a read on him.[91] He has stated many times that he has modeled his pitching mechanics after his favorite pitcher growing up, Roger Clemens.[92]

Kershaw´s repertoire includes a four-seam fastball that sits anywhere from 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) to 95 miles per hour (153 km/h) (tops out at 98 miles per hour (158 km/h)) with late movement, a slider at 84 miles per hour (135 km/h)–87 miles per hour (140 km/h), a 12–6 curveball between 72 miles per hour (116 km/h)–76 miles per hour (122 km/h), and a seldom thrown changeup.[93] He is also known for having one of the better pickoff moves to first base and is considered one of the better fielding pitchers in the game.[94][95]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Kershaw

And his teammates say he´s a perfectionist.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 6/19/2014 7:15:10 PM     (No. 9892800)

Duck the Fodgers. Go Giants!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mean Gene, 6/19/2014 7:26:14 PM     (No. 9892812)

It was a dreamy game to watch.
Too bad our coverage was by the Rockies announcers and color men.
But, toward the end even they became more fair.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/19/2014 7:30:41 PM     (No. 9892819)

And it was against the Rockies. No-hitters against the San Diego Padres don´t count.

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