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Kershaw inviting Koufax comparisons ... again

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08:17 AM ET 09.20 | Joe Torre didn't do Clayton Kershaw any favors when in 2008 he invoked the name Sandy Koufax in reference to the young lefty. Kershaw was 19 years old. Almost four full seasons later, a comparison that once sounded blasphemous -- or, at very least, grossly unfair -- doesn't seem so ridiculous. At 23, Kershaw could be on the verge of his first Cy Young Award. He is scheduled to face the San Francisco Giants and ace Tim Lincecum on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, seeking in what will probably be his next-to-last start of the season to become the first Dodgers pitcher since Ramon Martinez in 1990 to win 20 games. ... If things go just right, Kershaw could become only the second Dodger to win the so-called triple crown of pitching.

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September 20, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Tim's going to challenge Kershaw to a toke-off before the game and then win easily because he used to pitching while baked...

September 20, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Kershaw is an incredible talent and, from everything I've read about him, seems to have an incredible makeup.

The fact that he'd established himself as a bonified ace coming into this season and now may be the frontrunner for the Cy Young at age 23 is impressive.

Still, I don't think it's right to throw these types of comparisons out for either player. That said, I do know that Koufax has worked with Kershaw and loves the kid.

September 20, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Kershaw is an incredible talent and, from everything I've read about him, seems to have an incredible makeup.The fact that he'd established himself as a bonified ace coming into this season and now may be the frontrunner for the Cy Young at age 23 is impressive.Still, I don't think it's right to throw these types of comparisons out for either player. That said, I do know that Koufax has worked with Kershaw and loves the kid.

Good post, Slinky, and I agree. Kershaw looks like the real deal for many years to come, but the comparisons to someone like Koufax serve no real purpose.

September 20, 2011  09:34 AM ET

How long until he is a Yankee?

September 20, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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How long until he is a Yankee?

17 minutes

September 20, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How long until he is a Yankee?

Probably a couple of years after Lincecum is.

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September 20, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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Torre's a guy who has seen Koufax pitch live. I don't see the problem with a guy like that making a comparison. If he sees something in Kershaw that reminds him of Koufax, there's no rule against pointing it out.

Nothing wrong with it exactly.....just seems to do nothing but put additional expectations on the young pitcher, though.

September 20, 2011  10:00 AM ET
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Torre's a guy who has seen Koufax pitch live. I don't see the problem with a guy like that making a comparison. If he sees something in Kershaw that reminds him of Koufax, there's no rule against pointing it out.

Torre now says Kershaw reminds him more of Old Hoss Radbourn...the writers didn't pick it up because they had no idea who that was.

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September 20, 2011  10:25 AM ET

As much as I'm exciting about Kershaw, give him 4 more seasons like this before making comparisons to Koufax...

September 20, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Don't embarrass me or anyone else by comparing another pitcher to Sandy Koufax.

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September 20, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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Don't embarrass me or anyone else by comparing another pitcher to Sandy Koufax.

What about Lefty Grove?

September 20, 2011  10:48 AM ET

Kudos to Clayton for staying focused in a completely dysfunctional organization with little run support.

That said, I know Sandy, he is a friend of mine, and he ain't no Sandy

Don

September 20, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Lefty Grove was Lefty Grove. Koufax: 3 time Cy Young Award Winner, NL Record 4 Career No-Hitters (4th No-Hitter was a Perfect Game), In World Series games, in 8 starts ERA was below 1, Won 27 games in his final season for 129 wins over 6 years, Only pitcher to win 5 consecutive ERA titles 1962-66, Won pitching Triple Crown three of four seasons....ect.

September 20, 2011  11:01 AM ET

Well, if Don Drysdale says it, who are we to quible...

September 20, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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Lefty Grove was Lefty Grove. Koufax: 3 time Cy Young Award Winner, NL Record 4 Career No-Hitters (4th No-Hitter was a Perfect Game), In World Series games, in 8 starts ERA was below 1, Won 27 games in his final season for 129 wins over 6 years, Only pitcher to win 5 consecutive ERA titles 1962-66, Won pitching Triple Crown three of four seasons....ect.

Grove pitched at Koufax' level and lasted long enough to win 300 games.
He also had to pitch in bandboxes while Koufax got an extra high mound in a big stadium.

 
September 20, 2011  11:07 AM ET
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Kudos to Clayton for staying focused in a completely dysfunctional organization with little run support. That said, I know Sandy, he is a friend of mine, and he ain't no SandyDon

I knew rumors of your death were greatly exaggerated!

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