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 ( 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.

Game 1 of NLDS is most-watched event ever on Fox Sports 1.

The Dodgers’ 10-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday was the most-watched game ever on Fox Sports 1.

The 14-month old cable network attracted an audience of 3.595 million viewers for the game, according to fast national figures released Saturday by Nielsen.

Nielsen reports a 7.1 rating in the Los Angeles market (approximately 392,000 households) and a 17.4 rating in the St. Louis market for the game.

Sports Illustrated cover boys: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright.

In the interests of (we can only assume) jinxing everyone, Sports Illustrated selected Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for two of its three regional covers this week.

The two pitchers are the cover boys for the magazine’s MLB playoffs/NHL regular season preview editions. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and the St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie are also featured.

Check it out:
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Dodgers buy a stake in KLAC (570-AM), renew radio broadcast rights.

The Dodgers and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year agreement Tuesday renewing KLAC’s (570-AM) rights to Dodgers regular season games, select spring training games and potential postseason games. 

In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming.

“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement.  And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin (Scully), Rick (Monday) and Charley (Steiner).”

The agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval.

Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:

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MLB announces start times for Games 1 and 2 of NLDS.

MLB has announced the start times for the first two games of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.

Game 1 will be at 3:37 p.m. Friday, televised on Fox Sports 1. Game 2 will be at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, televised on MLB Network.

Neither game will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

The start times for Games 3, 4 and 5 have yet to be announced.

Update (3:27 p.m.) The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will call the first three and last three innings of each playoff game, home and away. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will call the middle three innings on radio, the same arrangement as the 2013 postseason.

Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal are on the call for Game 2.