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:
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.
In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election.
I wrote a bit about the IBWAA yesterday and why I was paying particular attention to its Hall of Fame election results this year. Here are the full voting results, based on 227 ballots and an average of 11 players named on each ballot:
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.