Good morning, I’m Dan Gartland. I think I’m in the minority when it comes to Clayton Kershaw’s status.
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He’s going for that crown running home again
After sharing the top spot in the races at home last year with 48, Vladimir Guerrero Jr keeps crushing baseballs in 2022.
Guerrero scored the second game of four strokes in his career last night against the Yankees, Hit three home runs and double In Toronto win 6-4 in the Bronx. Two of those creeps came out of one of the best bowlers in the MLS, Gerrit Cole. The other came against Jonathan Loasega, who was the Yankees’ best loyalist last year.
at first , Guerrero took advantage of a mistake by Cole and send a slider hanging over the wall in the dead center. But the other two visitors are what made Guerrero’s night so impressive.
In the third inning, Cole threw a fastball at Guerrero at 98 mph on his hands, several inches off the board. Most hitters tie themselves in knots trying to swing it, or, in the best case scenario, fight it some other way. Guerrero turned it on and pulled it over the fence The left center field is 427 feet.
Homer III had a similar story. Loaisiga threw a fastball at 95 mph in the same spot where Cole threw the previous ball. Guerrero pulled it straight to the left and lo and behold I landed upstairs.
The 23-year-old was so good that Cole flipped his hat when he pulled off the first man to start a sixth-stroke two-stroke.
After the match, fellow hitter Aaron Judge had no choice but to Guerrero was given credit for burying his team.
“That was great tonight,” the judge said. “I wish it was against someone else so I could watch it on TV. That’s the kind of player. He can take over a game. … I was more impressed also, with two hits, two shots on the right field line.”
Dave Roberts picks up the heat to pull Kershaw
The perfect game is the rarest achievement of a novice shooter. In the era of the World Series (since 1903), Only 21 MLB pitchers thrown oneNo one has retired 27 consecutive players since Felix Hernandez in 2012.
Ace Dodgers Clayton Kershaw had a chance To put his name in the history books yesterday in Minnesota but was pulled by manager Dave Roberts after making seven perfect runs. Kershaw only threw 80 shots.
Roberts’ decision was (predictably) met with outrage from all kinds of baseball watchers. But Kershaw said he understood the call:
“Blame the shutdown,” he said. “I blame it on not picking up the ball for three months [during the offseason].
“I knew going on my field wasn’t going to be 100. It’s hard to do, getting out of the game when you do. We’re here to win. This was the right choice.“
As much as fans wanted to see Kershaw run into the perfect game, his health should come first – not just for him but for the Dodgers’ long-term prospects this season. He’s coming from a season where he had forearm problems. If the Dodgers want to get a shot at another world championship, they’ll need Kershaw to be available. After spring training cut short due to the lockdown, he simply didn’t want to throw 100 throws on his first start of the season. It’s a shame, but it’s the truth.
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On this day in 1968, Bob Golby won the Masters title after firing a Six Under 66 in the final round. But he should have been forced into a playoff against Roberto de Vicenzo. Why did Di Vincenzo miss the play-off?
Yesterday’s SQ: How many closes has career MLB captain Walter Johnson collected?
Answer: 110. Johnson is fifth all-time with 531 full games, well behind Cy Young’s 749, but Young is fourth in the closing with 76.
Johnson didn’t hold an award bearing his name like Young, but he was an equally excellent bowler. He put on some amazing seasons, like his first MVP season in 1913, when he started 36 games, 29 of which were full games, and threw 11 closings. He posted a 1.14 junior ERA over 346 runs and hit 243 while walking only 38.
But Johnson played for some lousy senator teams. His Hall of Fame billboard states that he “won 414 matches [a] The losing team is many years behind.” Washington finished under 0.500 in 11 of his 21 seasons and was mostly in the basement of the MLS until the later stages of his career (between 1907 and 23, he finished second only twice). The senators finally made a change Things are at the end of Johnson’s career, though they won the World Championship in ’24 and AL Flag in ’25.
In his first World Championship appearance against the Giants in 1924, Johnson lost in games 1 and 5 of the series. But player and manager Bucky Harris turned to Johnson in the ninth game of Game 7 with the match tied and he threw four goal-free rounds while Washington went on to win the first-leg double at the bottom of the twelfth half.
From the Treasury: April 14, 1969
In the few months I’ve been writing this newsletter and researching old SI covers, I’ve been impressed by some of the wonderful artwork the magazine has created, especially for some of its early issues. Probably my favorite so far is from February 24, 1964, where Muhammad Ali stands with a large pile of cash inside a bank vault.
The cover above, from April 14, 1969, is not a great piece of art. In fact, I have no problem calling it the most hideous of the dozens of covers I’ve looked at this year. All those contrasting colors are enough to make your head spin. What a way to usher in the second century of professional baseball.
William Leggett’s introductory essay to opening the 1969 baseball preview pack notes all the ways the game has changed since the Cincinnati Red Socks became professional in 1868:
“This week began the second century of professional baseball, and instead of 20 teams there were 24. Instead of two leagues, there were four teams. A hundred players who weren’t good enough for the major leagues in 1968 suddenly became theirs. Nobody knows which Kind of a season it would be because no one has tried to have a year like this before. But there are precedents for the last two seasons when two teams were added, and if it’s any action for 1969, the elements for an amazing year are there.”
It’s been a great year, with the Miracle Mets winning the World Championship seven years after it started.
The cover of the SI preview might be ugly, but 1969 also featured a brilliant baseball graphic design moment. That was the year MLB introduced the logo that it still uses today.
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