Adrian Gonzalez chosen National League Player of the Week

For those of us who love baseball stats, sometimes fun with small sample sizes is just that — a little harmless fun.

Other times, it means a free watch.

Such was the case Monday for Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose video-game like stat line from the first week of the season earned him National League Player of the Week honors for the week of April 6-12. Here are those stats, in relation to other qualified major league hitters from the first week of the regular season:

Adrian Gonzalez stats
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With an assist from Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw receives his Cy Young and MVP awards (video).

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax presented Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw with his annual 2014 Cy Young and MVP awards on Saturday in New York. The ceremony, hosted by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, was also the last event attended Bud Selig attended as an active commissioner. Here’s the video of the presentation, courtesy of MLB.com:

Former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Hall of Fame called for former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez on Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was listed on 91.1 percent of ballots, second only to Randy Johnson. Two others were elected, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. It’s the first time three pitchers have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for induction.

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