Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson was presented The Legacy Award on Tuesday evening at the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year event in New York.
During his acceptance speech, he compared San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird:
“There’s only one person that I hate, love and respect and that’s Larry Bird. I hated him. I loved him. And I respected him so much that I knew if I made a mistake, he would get me the next year. Well, I now have the second person right in front of me – Madison Bumgarner. I hate him because he plays for the Giants and beats us. I love him because he’s so good. And I respect him because he’s such a competitor and his will to win is off the charts.”
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez won the second Silver Slugger Award of his career Thursday.
Gonzalez slashed .276/.335/.482 in his second full season with the Dodgers in 2014. He hit 27 home runs and drove in a major-league leading 116 — one off his career high. He drove in 117 runs with the Boston Red Sox in 2011, the first year he won the award.
Gonzalez was the only Dodger player to win a Silver Slugger award at his position.
Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.
Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.
Tuesday’s announcement of the top three vote-getters in each BBWAA award category came as little surprise. Kershaw had a career year for the Dodgers, going 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average — both major-league highs. Despite missing the month of April with a back injury, Kershaw also led the majors in complete games (6), ERA+ (197), WHIP (1.857) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.8) among other categories.
Kershaw was the only Dodgers player among the top three vote-getters in any category. No National League pitcher has finished among the top three vote-getters in MVP balloting since Greg Maddux in 1995; no NL pitcher has won an MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke had a part in eight double plays this season, which led all major-league pitchers. (Getty Images)
We’ll begin today’s analysis with some of the basic fielding numbers for Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who is looking for his first career Gold Glove Award this season. He made one error in 59 chances, a .983 fielding percentage. The error (on an attempted pickoff throw to first base) did not factor in the outcome of the game, an 8-4 Dodgers win in Chicago.
Greinke finished seventh in the National League with 30 assists, one fewer than teammate Clayton Kershaw. Greinke was credited with starting five double plays this season — second in the National League — and finishing three. No other pitcher in MLB had a hand in more double plays this season. Why was Greinke involved in so many fielding plays this season? We’ll get to that in a minute.
Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for a National League Gold Glove Award, which he won for the only time in 2011. (Associated Press photo)
Dodger pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Juan Uribe are finalists for National League Gold Glove awards.
The quartet was announced Thursday by Rawlings, the equipment maker which sponsors the award. Winners will be revealed on ESPN2 Nov. 4. The winners have already been chosen; the three finalists at each position are really the top three vote-getters.
We’ll have a bit more on each player’s credentials in a bit. Here’s the full list of NL Gold Glove Award finalists: Continue reading →
Kershaw has positioned himself to do what might be regarded as borderline heretical: surpass Sandy Koufax as greatest pitcher in Dodgers history.
Koufax was 26 when he embarked on five magnificent seasons. He led the NL in ERA each season from 1962-66, winning three Cy Young trophies and one MVP award. He retired at age 30, because of an arthritic elbow.
Kershaw is 26 now, poised to win his third Cy Young Award, and the MVP too.