Kershaw is up against Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout in the 2015 ESPY Award for Best Baseball Player. ESPN announced its nominees for the annual awards Wednesday morning; the complete list is here. Voting closes when the live show starts July 15.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named co-Player of the Week in the National League for the week ending Sunday. Kershaw won both his starts, Monday and Saturday. The Dodgers won only one other game all week.
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom shared the award with Kershaw.
Here’s more from an MLB press release:
Two former Dodgers players, Glenn Burke and Steve Bilko, were elected to the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals on Sunday in Pasadena. The Shrine of the Eternals is the national organization’s equivalent to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Via baseballreliquary.org, here’s more about the two inductees:
MILWAUKEE — Two Dodgers players earned trophies from MLB Monday. Adrian Gonzalez was hardly a surprise pick as the National League’s Player of the Month after leading all qualified batters with a .790 slugging percentage and hitting five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games. No player had achieved the latter feat in baseball history.
The Dodgers have the National League’s top rookie for April as well, but it isn’t Joc Pederson.
Alex Guerrero was given the honor after leading qualified NL rookies with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) and a 1.077 slugging percentage last month, and ranked first among NL rookies and tied for seventh overall in home runs (5) and RBI (13).
Guerrero said he was not aware the award existed before Monday. Since his batting average peaked at .500 on April 26, Guerrero has one hit in his past 12 at-bats. He was benched on Monday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base and Scott Van Slyke in left field against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Pederson and rookie reliever Yimi Garcia were listed among the runners up for the award.
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: