Originally written March 02, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Phoenix Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was extremely complimentary of Clayton Kershaw when he stopped by Camelback Ranch on Friday to visit friends. Of comparisons between him and Kershaw, Koufax said, "If hes as good as I think hes going to be, Im honored. Koufax, who makes an annual visit to the Dodgers, downplayed the influence he has had on Kershaw, who won the National League Cy Young Award last season. "I have not had a great deal to do with his success; he has," Koufax said. Koufax said Kershaw, 23, can still improve: "He had a good year, but you can always get better. Theres nobody who doesnt make a mistake in a game. But you get away with stuff. The better your stuff is, the more mistakes you get away with. The less mistakes you make, the better you are. Hes just going to keep getting better." Of Kershaw's ceiling, Koufax said, "The ceiling is time, health. How long you want to play, how long you're able to play. You dont know....
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