Pedro Martinez: Clayton Kershaw ‘seems to be getting even better than I was.’

“It’s a dream for me to sit in front of a TV to watch Clayton Kershaw. I’ve seen a lot of good pitchers, but watching Clayton Kershaw, I think, deserves a lot more respect, a lot more attention. … I don’t have enough words to actually say how great I think that kid actually is. .. This kid seems to be getting even better than I was, even better than Sandy Koufax. More exciting than Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux.”

That quote might have come from you, or your pal Steve, or your dad, or your co-worker. I’m repeating it here because it came from Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez yesterday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern.

Listen to the full context of Martinez’s comments on Kershaw here:

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Say goodbye to every fielding metric you thought you knew.

And to think, this is where opposing infielders line up when Dee Gordon *doesn’t* show bunt.

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Remember the last time you saw the Dodgers, or the team playing the Dodgers, use an infield shift on defense and thought, “how can any fielding statistics be accurate when they shift so darn much?”

No? That’s OK. Keep reading.

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The Dodgers have three games on ESPN next week.

For those of who you do not have access to SportsNet LA at home, this should come as welcome news: The Dodgers will play three non-blacked out games on ESPN in four days next week.

Sunday night in New York (5 p.m. PT), and Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Chicago (5 p.m.), are all national telecasts on the Worldwide Leader. The Sunday night telecast will feature Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza in the booth. The latter two feater Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.

And, if Julio Urias is allowed to pitch five days from day, you can tune in to watch him pitch again Wednesday night.

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Report: Vin Scully turns down offer to participate in All-Star Game broadcast.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully hasn’t been part of an All-Star Game broadcast since 1989. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Vin Scully recently turned down a formal offer to be part of Fox’s broadcast of the All-Star Game in San Diego in July, SportsIllustrated.com reported today.

From Richard Deitsch’s story:
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Vin Scully is Sports Illustrated’s latest cover boy.

Vin Scully

It took him 88 years, but Vin Scully finally made the cover of Sports Illustrated.

SI senior writer Tom Verducci profiles the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster for this week’s issue of the magazine. Tim O’Brien did the cover art. You can read the story here.

SI also uploaded highlights of some of Scully’s favorite calls to its website; here are some of his calls from the 1955 World Series, and a video of Scully remembering Jackie Robinson.

(Also, note that the Rampaging Cubs are the last great American sports story. I’m moving to Canada. Nothing great for me to write here anymore.)

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