Found November 14, 2012 on
Feelin' Kinda Blue:
Clayton Kershaw fell well short of winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award on Tuesday as the Mets' R.A. Dickey was voted as the winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Dickey collected 27 of the 32 first-place votes. Kershaw garnered just two of those votes -- and two writers inexplicably left him off their ballots completely.
I'm surprised at Dickey's margin of victory, but he was definitely a worthy winner.
Dickey, who seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as an elite starting pitcher, ended the season with a 20-6 record, 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 4.26 K/BB and a 3.27 FIP. He led the NL in innings pitched (233 2/3), complete games (five), shutouts (three) and strikeouts (233).
Kershaw's season was in doubt at one point, as he missed a start with a hip issue. I said he should have been shut down, but he came back and looked like the Kershaw of 2011, finishing his final three starts with a 3-0 record, a 0.86 ERA, .1...
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Hanley Ramirez was once a stud shortstop (based solely on his bat, of course), a young player a franchise could build around. Fast forward to 2012 and Han-Ram was just a struggling player acquired by the Dodgers in an effort to upgrade at a position of need and make a run at 2012.
Acquired for Nate Eovaldi and Scott McGough, Hanley arrived as a third baseman swinging...
I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Reed before his Nov. 8 Arizona Fall League game.
Edited for sanity, because nobody wants to read “uh” and “um” and laughs and transitions and crap.
Pitching in the AFL is always difficult, so are you making any conscious adjustments to that or is it just specifically working on things beyond results?
“Yeah, we’re working...
The Dodgers are facing an interesting situation heading into the 2013 season — at least, the Albuquerque Isotopes and Chattanooga Lookouts are.
Following a Twitter exchange with Chris Jackson (@TopesWriter) and Evan Chavez (@newmexicofan), it occurred to me: The Isotopes and Lookouts are going to have some awfully crowded outfields — especially the ‘Topes.
The following outfielders...
When the Los Angeles Dodgers made the blockbuster trade to bring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto over from the Boston Red Sox, it was easy to forget that Carl Crawford was part of the deal. Crawford had recently been shut down for the season to undergo Tommy John surgery. He had been playing with a tear in his elbow for quite some time, but he and the Red Sox...
The trade of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers could mean some big things for the Dodgers going into the 2013 season. He is one of the best pitchers in the game behind the plate and can add some needed fire power to a team that is in dire need of some revamps. While Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr states he has no intention...
In his introductory press conference with the Dodgers, Carl Crawford expressed regret for waiting to undergo Tommy John surgery.
As a member of the Red Sox, the left fielder attempted to play through the elbow pain. After playing in 31 games in July and August, he opted to shut his season down for the procedure before getting shipped to Los Angeles.
Despite the fact that Crawford...
Forget star players. It seems you can never have enough coaching.
The Dodgers finalized their coaching staff for the 2013 season Tuesday, officially adding John Valentin as the assistant hitting coach and Chuck Crim as the bullpen coach to Manager Don Mattinglys staff.
Valentin was the Dodgers triple-A Albuquerque hitting coach the last two seasons, while Crim served as their double...
Later tonight, the National League Cy Young Award winner will be announced. My own fake awards picks have already been made public, and I am sure everyone was thrilled to read them. The NL Cy Young gave me the most trouble. I ended up voting for the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, but I really wanted to cast my non-ballot for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey.
What’s not to like about R.A. Dickey...
A year after winning an undeserved award, Clayton Kershaw loses the Cy Young that should have been his.
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Gorman Erickson talks about his experience at the Arizona Fall League, the Southern League, and more, in this one-on-one interview.
Flush with cash after the team's sale this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy spending it on starting pitching.
The team introduced left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (Ree-YOO He-YUN jin) of South Korea on Monday, making him the first player ever to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues.
And he was just the setup man.
The Dodgers finalized a $147 million, six-year...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Ryu Hyun-Jin grew up in South Korea dreaming of playing in his country's professional baseball league. Once he achieved that, he developed a new goal -- to pitch in the United States for a major league team.
Ryu's dream got closer to reality last week when the Los Angeles Dodgers submitted the highest bid for the right to negotiate with the...
Those dastardly Taiwanese animators are at it again. In their crosshairs, The Florida Miami Marlins (and former Montreal Expos) owner Jeffery Loria. In the high quality animation, Loria is shown to be a dastardly devil out of the Snively Whiplash mold, and is labeled to be worse that Frank McCourt. What more, Loria is shown giving the Expos [...]
This afternoon, Matt Klaassen detailed the NL Cy Young decision, which basically comes down to Clayton Kershaw and R.A. Dickey. Both had excellent seasons, and it’s essentially hair-splitting to pick one or the other, though as Matt notes, most of the hairs tend to fall Kershaw’s way when you actually do split them. Over in the AL, the story is similar, though in this case...