Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a .153 hitter in 577 career plate appearances. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Count Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among the fans of National League baseball.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Kershaw said he’s pleased with commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to table discussion of bringing the designated hitter rule to the NL.
“It’s just a better game. It really is,” Kershaw said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.
“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”
I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.
Zack Greinke has signed a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, reportedly worth $195 $206.5 million. Magic Johnson said that Greinke was the Dodgers’ number-one priority as recently as Tuesday, but the co-owner acknowledged that an “off the charts” offer could change things.
No baseball player has ever received a higher average annual value than the reported $32.5$34.42 million going to Greinke — the literal definition of “off the charts.”
Simple question: Do you agree with the decision to let Greinke walk?
Pitcher Zack Greinke will sign a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, once he passes a physical. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Pitcher Zack Greinke has a contract agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
According to multiple reports, Greinke will receive a six-year contract. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the contract will pay a total of $195 million, or $32.5 million per season, the highest ever for a baseball player. According to multiple reports, Greinke will receive $206.5 million total, for a record average value of $34.42 million per season.