Debate rages as Dodgers pull Clayton Kershaw with perfect game in sights

Apr 13, 2022, 1:24 PM | Updated: 1:52 pm

What, my fellow baseball fan, is wrong with Major League Baseball?

Where is the fun? Where is America’s past-time going?

Well, if you thought the above when the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday pulled starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw seven frames into a potentially perfect game when he’d thrown only 80 pitches, you were not alone.

Baseball fans were very upset at manager Dave Roberts for making the decision to pull Kershaw when he looked on his way to submitting baseball’s 24th perfect game in history.

The context beyond Kershaw’s age (34 years old) and injury history of late is this: Wednesday’s game was his first start this year coming out of a shortened spring caused by the MLB work stoppage.

That hasn’t allowed pitchers to ramp up and stretch out.

It makes sense Roberts wanted to save the arm of a 34-year-old who hasn’t started more than 28 games since 2015. But Roberts has also gone down that road quite a few times in his Dodgers tenure.

Still, the context backed up his assessment. Other managers have been quite careful about blowing out their starting pitchers’s arms so far this young season.

Kershaw, after all, threw only 57 pitches in his spring finale, making the leap to 80 tosses an unsurprising logical next step in terms of ramping up for the long haul of the season.

Even Kershaw did not even appear to be upset about leaving the game after 80 pitches.

No matter where you stand on the matter, it’s not the fault of any “analytics” or “new wave” thought.

Everything will be OK.

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