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‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I The Name Hear “Clayton Kershaw”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, I Think Of…



With the new contract that Clayton Kershaw signed with the Dodgers last week, he is now being paid comparably to what his skill level is.  And they are both LOADED.

Kershaw is by far the best pitcher in the game over the last 4 seasons, and he has shown little to no signs of slowing down.  His output is on par with the best in the game’s history at his age, and now it is time to take his team to the next level.  It is ‘LA OR BUST’ for the Dodgers and their hopes for a World Series title – and it will be Clayton Kershaw that ensures their success.

Kershaw photo

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear The Name “Clayton Kershaw”, You Think Of…

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins 2013 National League Cy Young Award

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins 2013 National League Cy Young Award

From The LA Times


Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, joining Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers in franchise history to receive the honor more than once.


Kershaw got 29 of the 30 first-place votes. He won in 2011 and finished second last year.


He led the major leagues in earned-run average for the third consecutive season, joining Greg Maddux (1993-95) and Koufax (1962-66) as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.


A Dodgers pitcher has won the Cy Young Award a record 11 times, including Koufax in 1963, 1965, and 1966. The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves each have had pitchers win seven times.


Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA, the lowest mark by a major league starter since Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA with the 2000 Boston Red Sox. Maddux was the last NL starter to do better, with a 1.63 ERA with the 1995 Atlanta Braves.


Kershaw, 25, led the NL in strikeouts and WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). He ranked among the top three in victories, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, pickoffs and opponent batting average.


“I’m a little biased,” catcher A.J. Ellis said in September, “but I think I have the best seat, catching the best pitcher in baseball.”


Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals placed second, receiving the one first-place vote not awarded to Kershaw. Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, who beat the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig for NL rookie of the year, finished third in the Cy Young vote.


Kershaw also is expected to garner some votes in the NL most-valuable-player race. The results will be announced Thursday, although the top three finishers already have been disclosed and he is not among them. The MVP finalists, in alphabetical order: Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.




2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Clayton Kershaw

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Clayton Kershaw

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Clayton Kershaw card from the set:



Kershaw is on an unreal run and is without a doubt the best pitcher in the major leagues right now.  His ability to dominate and keep the offense at bay allows for his team in to be ‘In’ every game he starts as he will not be allowing very many runs, if any at all.

It is just a matter of time before Kershaw throws a no-hitter.  And we are not far off from saying that the start of his professional career is on par with the greatest starts we have ever seen in the majors.

This kid is the ‘Real Deal’.

Your 2011 NL Cy Young Award Winner – Clayton Kershaw

The first time Joe Torre saw Clayton Kershaw pitch, he compared him to Sandy Koufax. On Thursday, the talented young left-hander took his biggest step yet toward proving that comparison apt by winning the 2011 National League Cy Young Award.

The 23-year-old Texan received 27 of a possible 32 first-place votes and a points total of 207 in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Phillies teammates Roy Halladay (133) and Cliff Lee (90) were second and third, with Halladay picking up four first-place votes. The D-backs’ Ian Kennedy, who appeared first on one ballot, placed fourth in the voting.

Kershaw’s Cy Young is the 10th won by a Dodgers pitcher, the first since reliever Eric Gagne in 2003, the first by a Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in 1988 and first by a Dodgers lefty since Fernando Valenzuela in his 1981 rookie season.

The Cy Young caps a remarkable breakout season for Kershaw. A 2011 All-Star, Kershaw won the NL’s Triple Crown for pitchers, leading the league with 21 wins (tied), a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. Koufax (1963, 1965 and 1966) and Dazzy Vance (1924) are the only other Dodgers pitchers to win a Triple Crown. Kershaw also was among the league leaders in opponents’ batting average, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts and WHIP.

Kershaw, 21-5 overall, was earlier this month named winner of a Gold Glove (he led the league with nine pickoffs), the first Dodger to win a Cy Young and Gold Glove in the same year since Hershiser. Kershaw won the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, won a Players Choice Award for outstanding pitcher in the NL, was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team, was a finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award and was named Dodgers Pitcher of the Year by MLB.com.

His victory total and ERA were the best by a Dodgers starting pitcher since Hershiser in 1988 and his strikeout total was the highest by a Dodger since Koufax’s 317 in 1966. He was the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez in 1990. Kershaw went 13-1 over the second half, was 12-1 at Dodger Stadium and finished the season with eight consecutive wins.

Kershaw began his third full season in the Major Leagues as the Opening Day starter and ended it by becoming the youngest 20-game winner in the Major Leagues since 20-year-old Dwight Gooden of the Mets in 1985 and the youngest Dodgers 20-game winner since 21-game winner Ralph Branca in 1947. He went 12-2 against the NL West, 5-0 against the Giants and 4-0 against their ace, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

Kershaw’s charitable work, which led to the Clemente nomination, includes an organization called Arise Africa, which raises money to help build orphanages in Zambia. Kershaw plans to make a second visit to the African nation this winter with his wife, Ellen, and donated $100 per strikeout to the organization this season as a part of his “Kershaw’s Challenge” program in hopes of building another orphanage.

Kershaw, who earned $500,000 in 2011, is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. The Dodgers are not likely to lock him up long-term because they control him for another three years and it would make financial sense to the club only if it were to buy up several years of his free agency. But with that would come the risk of making a long-term deal for a pitcher.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Guys I’d Like To See Throw A No-Hitter’

As you probably know, I watch a lot of baseball.  I would say that 4-5 nights a week, I am tuned into a game, or two if possible.

My team of choice is the Florida Marlins, but I also watch a lot of Rays baseball as well as anything aired by ESPN, especially on Sunday night.

And now with three no-hitters already under our belts for the 2011 season, I thought it would be fun to tell you the ten guys I would really like to see toss a ‘No-No’.

First let me say that Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, and Matt Garza are not on the list.  I’ve already seen them make baseball history so I know what that looks like.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention – Tim Hudson, Shawn Marcum, and Felix Hernandez.

10 – Chris Carpenter

9 – James Shields

8 – Cole Hamels

7 – CC Sabathia

6 – Cliff Lee

5 – Josh Johnson

4 – David Price

3 – Clayton Kershaw

2 – Josh Beckett

1 – Tim Lincecum

And there you have it.  Did I miss anyone that you would have added to the list??

Let me hear it!!

Clayton Kershaw Explains How He Was Able To Dominate The Giants…

Clayton Kershaw Explains How He Was Able To Dominate The Giants…


‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

Dodgers’ backfield workouts 10-11:30 a.m.
Glendale, Ariz.

Didn’t know what to expect when I arrived. Figured that most of the starters would be at the away game in Tucson. However, the only starter to travel was Loney. The rest were back in Glendale. And this time I would only have to battle a few dozen people. It sure is a lot different when you’re not competing with a million other graphers.

Don Mattingly: 1/1 (Beckett magazine from 1990)…signs daily but for some reason only in one spot. “You guys know where I do it.”
Chad Billingsley: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)….Real friendly guy. Signed for at least 20 minutes after the workout
Hiroki Kuroda: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Clayton Kershaw: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Andre Ethier: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Matt Kemp: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…had the ROMLB ready but this time he was SPing. not sure why because the other day at A’s he was giving SSs
Russ Martin: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…he stopped his car on the way out of the parking lot and was VERY friendly
Manny Ramirez: 0/1…while riding a three-wheeler back to the clubhouse….would’ve been the perfect time to do it because there were only a handful of graphers there

A’s at White Sox
Glendale, Ariz.

Kevin Kouzmanoff: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)….graph worse than the one he gave me a few days ago. This time it was just “KK”
Coco Crisp: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…great dude. asked him to tell me how he got the Coco nickname (his real name is Covelli) but he said it was a long story….took pics with…even shouted into someone’s cell phone
Kurt Suzuki: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)….a bit weird, in addition to being difficult, when I saw him in NYC. but very cool today
Daric Barton: 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)….only a handful of people even cared about getting his graph yet he couldn’t do his second ’08 Ginter. “I told you I’m only doing one.” weird dude.
Eric Chavez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Ozzie Guillen: 1/1 (’89 Donruss DK)…i like his graph
Jake Peavy: 1/2 (’08 Ginter). would’ve gotten him on SS but didn’t want another ball that had no Cy inscription. got lucky again as I left the game in the 6th inning and got Peavy two minutes later in the parking lot
Mark Buehrle: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…he couldn’t have been cooler. going to get his perfect game 8×10 done next

Indians at Royals
Surprise, Ariz. (My favorite stadium in the Cactus League)
5-9 p.m.

Eric Hosmer: 1/1 (8×10 with help). Didn’t want to bother doing the minors ‘cuz I wanted to graph the majors as soon as I arrived. So a big thank-you to Tony, a local grapher, for the help
Grady Sizemore: 1/1 (Rich Abel 5×7 that I’ve had since ’02)..Mine was the only graph he signed all night…I’ll have plenty of time to get his Ginter done since I’m seeing the Indians two more times before I leave
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0/1
Billy Butler: 0/1..wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Mike Aviles: 0/1…wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Zack Greinke: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1…only signing team balls. and even then he was killing them all with a black Sharpie. weird dude.
Rick Ankiel: 0/1….he did sign a bit but I missed him because I was getting Sizemore

Other: Ernie Young was at the A’s-Sox game, but I had nothing for him. … I have to plug AZ Cards. Stopped by there a few days ago and had a long talk with proprietor Donald Yost, who promptly gave me two free tickets to today’s White Sox game. The store is loaded with cool stuff and has the best prices on ROMLBs in all of Phoenix. … Bob Feller signed autographs for free at the Indians-Royals game in Surprise. I’ve gotten the guy so many times that I didn’t even bother. … Talked to Jordan Danks briefly while waiting outside the player parking lot. Real polite kid.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 26

Friday, March 26

Glendale, Ariz.

Like an idiot, I misread the schedule, thinking that the D’Backs were at the Sox while they actually played host to the Sox. But I made the most of it, trying to graph those White Sox players who stayed behind in addition to the Dodgers, who were on the backfields.

White Sox

Mark Buehrle: Didn’t make the trip to Tucson. Was in the clubhouse getting treatment but never made it to the practice fields
Bobby Jenks: Didn’t make the trip but I never saw him
Omar Vizquel: 0/1….wouldn’t stop on his way back to the clubhouse despite there being only five graphers
Alex Rios: 0/1…wouldn’t stop on his way back to the clubhouse despite there being only five graphers
Chris Chambliss: 2/2……he wasn’t this cool in ’93 when I got him in St. Pete
Ken Williams: 0/1


Chad Billingsley: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Clayton Kershaw: 0/1, 0/1….signed a lot but got mobbed and I kept missing him…but a good dude
Joe Torre: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…he got mobbed. to get his attention I yelled, “Can you sign one for a Cardinals’ fan?” at least three times

Andre Ethier: 2/2 (’08 Ginter, ’09 Ginter)
Manny Ramirez: 0/1…yeah right…but he did wave at me, which was neat
Don Mattingly: 0/1….he smiled at me

12:30-4:30 p.m.
Reds at Mariners
Peoria, Ariz.

Stadium is so inacessible that I doubt I’ll be returning. However, I loved the price of the tickets — no need to buy box seats when you can get a lawn seat for $6 and still sit behind home plate — and the strawberry smoothie from Maui-Wowi. On a tangent, I used to work at a Maui-Wowi in Deerfield Beach, Fla. I liked the work attire so much — it’s a loud Hawaiian shirt — that I often wear it to ballgames. It was funny when I ordered my smoothie because the two employees behind the counter looked at me as if I was their manager. On to the totals:

Chad Cordero: 4/4 (’07 Ginters)….got him in the bullpen about 15 minutes before the game. Has to be one of the friendliest players in all of MLB. Told him that he was a dominant closer and that I hope he makes it all the way back.
Erik Bedard: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)….Got him in the fifth inning as he exited the field for the clubhouse. Seems to sign a lot but has an AWFUL graph and I really can’t understand why
Eric Byrnes: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…the only starter to sign leaving the field after the game..but his graph is scribble, too
Ichiro: Thought hanging out with angelsfan might bring me good luck. She had made a killer Ichiro sign written in Japanese that I was sure would get him to stop. But to no avail though he did point at the sign once in the stadium and then again as he drove away
Ken Griffey: 0/1 had his head down as he drove away. I’ve never even seen him acknowledge fans
Cliff Lee: 0/1

And the surprise of the day:

Jay Buhner: 1/2 (SI)….I grew up going to Yankees’ spring-training games — back when they were still in Fort Lauderdale — so getting to meet Buhner was a bit of a thrill for me. And the graph came out great, too

Glendale, Ariz.
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Left Peoria as soon as the game ended and made my way back to Glendale, thinking that some White Sox players may be returning from their game in Tucson. I didn’t see any White Sox players nor did I see any fans waiting for graphs so I drove over to the Dodgers’ side and was surprised to find out that there were some coaches and players still inside.

Blake DeWitt: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)
James Loney: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)
Rick Honeycutt: 0/1…I’m sure I could’ve gotten him but I didn’t know it was him until he had driven by
Joe Torre: 0/1..There were nine graphers remaining when he left at 6:15. It wouldn’t have been difficult to sign for everyone, but he chose to sign only for the three women who remained. And even then he signed the three baseballs in black Sharpie. I don’t think my theatrics from this morning helped my cause. Had I not made such a fool of myself earlier he may have stopped. Some images — 6’5, grey hair, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a Brewers’ cap — don’t leave a person no matter how many graphs they sign LOL

Other: Apparently I just missed Maury Wills, who signed a few minutes before I arrived to the surprise of the locals. I guess he’s become difficult. … George Brett made the trip to Glendale and actually signed, but of course I was at a different game. Can’t win ’em all

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.