Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy believes steroid users belong in Hall.

Brandon McCarthy

New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy believes that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza belong in the Hall of Fame. (Getty Images)


If you’re sick of hearing about the Hall of Fame and whether known steroid users have a place in it, hang on. A non-voter chimed in today with his 800-word opinion: New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

Voicing his support for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, McCarthy writes:

The question of whether performance enhancing drug (PED) users should be allowed to gain admittance to the Hall of Fame is one that I’ve thought a lot about. Admittedly, it’s a mess. The ramifications extend far and wide, but I believe the answer is to admit those players whose on-field accomplishments merit it and leave history to be the final judge and jury. Ultimately, I believe the greatest injustice would be to leave worthy players—some of whom are objectively among the greatest ever—out of the Hall of Fame, when there very well may be guys already enshrined who have used performance enhancing drugs. Who knows how many PED users are already in the Hall of Fame?

Read the full article here.

As promised, Jimmy Rollins publishes ‘love letter’ to Phillies fans.

As promised, Jimmy Rollins bought a full-page advertisement in Saturday’s Philadelphia Inquirer thanking the fans who followed him for 15 years with the Phillies.

Rollins was traded to the Dodgers on Thursday. On a conference call with reporters on Friday, he mentioned the ad would be coming out. He also said that he doesn’t feel he has to re-prove himself in a new city.

“It’s a new start at a new place where people don’t know who I am as a person,” Rollins said. “All I have to do is go out there and be a leader on that squad and win. When you win — it’s a cliche in sports, it takes care of everything — but it does.”

Anyway, here’s the ad:
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Clayton Kershaw is not Tommy Lasorda’s National League MVP.

Tommy Lasorda

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda tends to speak his mind with a microphone in his face.

Tommy Lasorda doesn’t have an MVP vote. If he did, the former Dodgers manager — and former pitcher — wouldn’t vote for Clayton Kershaw.

Considering his effervescent love for all things Dodgers, it was a surprising sentiment from the 87-year-old Hall of Famer.

The question arose Monday when Todd Hollandsworth — who won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1996, when he played for Lasorda — was interviewing Lasorda for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

“We know how obviously talented [Kershaw] is but there’s a debate that still exists,” Hollandsworth said. “Do you think a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw, of his ability, should win the MVP Award? Should he be considered for the MVP or just the Cy Young?”

“No, I don’t think so,” Lasorda replied. “I don’t think pitchers should win the MVP Award. I think pitchers should win the pitching award, the Cy Young Award, but not the MVP because he only goes out there every four or five games. The other guys go out there every day and that makes a big difference in that award. I think it should be set that pitchers should not get the Most Valuable Player.”

The MVP award winners from both leagues will be announced Thursday.

Clayton Kershaw chosen as Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter and 41 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year for 2014.

The honor doesn’t come with a physical award, but it does come with a snazzy magazine cover article. Here’s a snippet:

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.

Watch: Man in Dodgers hat carries man from burning building.

To head off a few well-founded criticisms first:

1. If the man were wearing a Giants hat, I wouldn’t link the video. That’s probably wrong.

2. Don’t try this at home, unless your home is on fire and you’re OK to carry someone else out of it.

3. Don’t try to perform heroic acts while wearing a Dodgers hat simply to become famous, because that’s not a trend I want to be responsible for creating.

OK, here’s the video (and the story, both courtesy of KFSN in Fresno):

Hyun-Jin Ryu filmed a ramen commercial, and he brought some “teammates.”


Fans who lost the “Chopstick Challenge” competition at Dodger Stadium to Hyun-Jin Ryu, take heart: You lost to someone who is paid to use chopsticks on camera.

You already knew that of course, since Ryu did a Jin Ramen ad solo last year. The best takeaway from the new ad (above) that popped up on YouTube and circled the blogosphere today is that Ryu brought his Dodger teammates. He even brought a few teammates who were cut out of the final edit.

Man, Clayton Kershaw really shrank a few inches in the last week.

A.J. Ellis seems a bit smaller, too.

Is that Trey Hillman? (No seriously, is that Trey Hillman?)

MLB announces TV, some start times for the National League Championship Series.

Its participants have yet to be decided, but the National League Championship Series schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball:

Game 1: 5 p.m. PT Saturday on Fox.
Game 2: (time TBA) Sunday on on Fox Sports 1.
Game 3: (time TBA) Tuesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 4: (time TBA) Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 5, if necessary: (time TBA) Thursday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 6, if necessary: (time TBA) Saturday on Fox.
Game 7, if necessary: (time TBA) Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

The San Francisco Giants lead the Washington Nationals 2-0 in their best-of-five NLDS. Game 3 is underway now in San Francisco.

If the Dodgers and Giants advance to the NLCS, Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 will be at Dodger Stadium. If the Dodgers and Nationals advance to the NLCS, Games 3, 4 and 5 will be at Dodger Stadium.

If the Cardinals advance to the NLCS, email me (jp.hoornstra@langnews.com) and I’ll personally tell you when and where to watch each game.

Dodgers-Cardinals Game 2 draws record ratings on MLB Network.

Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals was the most-watched and highest-rated program in MLB Network history, the network announced Sunday.

An estimated 1.8 million viewers watched the game, breaking the record set by Game 2 of the 2012 American League Division Series between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers.

Columnist Tom Hoffarth broke down exactly what that means here.