Clayton Kershaw has struggled this spring.
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[View in browser]( Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and itâs a good thing the Dodgers donât pick their team based on spring training stats. In his final start of spring training, Clayton Kershaw gave up nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Oakland Aâs, leaving his spring training ERA at (let me get my calculator)... Well, my calculator doesnât compute numbers that high. Let me get my abacus and slide rule. Kershawâs ERA is ... 10.22? That canât be right, can it? It is. In 12.1 spring innings, Kershaw has given up 21 hits, 14 earned runs and three walks while striking out 14. What does Kershaw have to say about all of it? Enjoying this newsletter? Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most. [Become a Los Angeles Times subscriber.]( âIt hasnât been good, for sure,â Kershaw [said after Fridayâs game](. âBut tonight I actually felt like there were some pitches that were better. Itâs good to know itâs in there. At times I felt like I knew what I was doing, so thatâs good.â Dave Roberts: âI thought the pitching was good. The results werenât good, obviously. There were some misses to the big part of the plate. But I thought the curveball was good, I thought the slider wasnât there tonight, but I thought the fastball was there. There were some near-misses, but the life to it was good. When youâre talking about a regular-season big league ballgame, thereâs scouting that goes into it. Right now itâs getting the pitch count up, and thatâs what we did.â Both agree that pitching in real games will help. âI donât have a choice, so Iâm gonna be ready,â Kershaw said. âIâm excited to get going. I really am. Iâm excited to get there and have that adrenaline, those butterflies, and get going again.â So, should we be worried? As much as I discount spring training stats, youâd be foolish not to be worried a little, especially since his velocity has been erratic. But itâs probably best to wait a couple of starts at least before getting overly concerned. Itâs a good thing the Dodgers have a lot of starting pitchers though. ADVERTISEMENT
Roberts might not manage All-Star game Georgia recently adopted a new law that makes it harder to vote, and the law is expected to impact the Black community more than any other. This yearâs All-Star game is scheduled for Atlanta, and MLB is getting pressure to move the game to a different state. If they donât, Roberts might decide not to manage this year. (Roberts would get to manage the NL All-Stars because the Dodgers were in the World Series last season). âIf it gets to that point,â [Roberts said]( âitâll certainly be a decision Iâll have to make personally.... âWhen youâre trying to restrict African-American votes â American citizens â thatâs alarming to me to hear.â Major League Baseball Players Assn. executive director Tony Clark said the union âwould look forwardâ to discussing with the league whether to relocate the All-Star game. The new law limits where voters can drop off ballots, makes it a crime to provide food or water to voters waiting in line to cast a ballot, requires additional layers of identification for absentee voters, limits the use of provisional ballots and authorizes the state legislature to override local election officials. Trevor Bauer does good Iâve criticized Trevor Bauer for his poor social media skills and harassing of a college woman on Twitter, so itâs only fair I point out some good he has done. Megan Aronson recently took to Twitter to ask her followers to wish her son, Kanon, a happy birthday, explaining that Kanon had been bullied a lot over the last couple of years because his family has moved often and he was always the new kid in school. The Tweet went viral, and Bauer noticed it. âThe next thing we know, we get a call from the Dodgers, and Trevor had experiences being bullied as a kid and said that he had seen the tweet and it really ripped at his heartstrings,â Aronson [told MLB.com](. âHe said he wanted to invite us to come be their guests at a game, which is just incredible.â Bauer brought Kanon, his three siblings and his parents to Saturdayâs exhibition game. He gave Kanon a signed jersey (inscription: âItâs cool to be different!! Keep being you! -- Trevor Bauerâ). âThat was my entire childhood. I got bullied mercilessly nonstop by kids in school,â Bauer said. âI hated going to school. I was just miserable for 17 years of my life. I just wanted to try and do something special for him and give him some hope that things get better and keep being himself and all that.â Aronson recounted it like this: âThat was just incredible. That was just amazing. Kanon just flipped out. The whole time that we were sitting talking to Trevor, Kanon said he was shaking like a leaf. He got really nervous, you know, it was a big moment.â [Read the whole thing on MLB.com](. And the rotation is... Roberts announced that his first four starters will be Kershaw, Bauer, Walker Buehler and Julio UrÃas. That leaves three people: David Price, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, for the rotation. The guess here for who will get the fifth spot: Gonsolin. But Price and May will both get plenty of starts this season. Also, Roberts said that the team is set except for the final position player spot and the final bullpen spot. There will be 13 position players and 13 pitchers. Who gets the final spots? Weâll find out this week. ADVERTISEMENT
Your first Dodgers memory Since I still have a lot of these, âYour first Dodgers memoryâ returns this season. If you havenât already, Iâd still love for you to send me your first Dodgers memory, and it might run in an upcoming Dodgers Dugout. Include your name and where you live. And donât send only a sentence. Tell why that memory sticks out in your mind. You can email me your memory at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. Ed Cuthbertson of Austin, Texas: My first Dodger memory was attending a game with my Dad and uncle in 1955 at Ebbets Field. I was already a Dodger fan (my brother was a Yankee fan, ugh!). Taking the train in from Long Island to meet my uncle and then taking the subway to the ball park. I donât remember much about the game. I actually think we lost that one, but it didnât matter, our seats were just past the dugout on the third-base side of the field just above the box seats. If I hadnât been hooked before, I was then. I followed them closely the rest of the season and through their World Series victory that year. We moved to Southern California in January of 1957, and the Dodgers had to follow me (their biggest fan) out there in 1958. At least thatâs the story I like to tell people. Jim Voge of Cambria: It was 1958 and my Dad took me to my first Dodger game at the L.A. Coliseum. I remember the short left-field wall and we were sitting high up in right field. It was a night game and I thought every foul ball was coming to me. Of course sitting in the stratosphere no ball ever came close but it didnât matter. I was 7-years-old and life as I had known it would never be the same. Wally Moon was my favorite player with his left-handed âmoon shotsâ to the short left field. I donât even remember if they won or who they were playing but I knew right then that I was a Dodger fan for life. Sherry Fisher of Columbus, Ohio: When I was 12 and living in Granada Hills, I never paid much attention to baseball, but enjoyed playing the game. One night my Dad was listening to a game on the radio, and for some reason, I caught the announcer (Vinnie) saying that there were 90,000 people in the L.A. Coliseum, all holding a burning candle. I asked my Dad why, and he told me it was Campyâs Night, honoring Roy Campanella, a Dodger catcher who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair due to a car accident. And that was all it took. I started listening to the games, asked my Dad about the players, and the plays. Pretty soon I had memorized every playerâs number, batting average or ERA, the lineup, where and when they were born, all about their families, etc. My closet door was plastered with LA Herald Express (before it merged with the Examiner) newspaper articles, and I remember one I had was with Sandyâs 18 strikeouts. Another one was when Johnny Roseboro ripped the crotch in his uniform. If Dodger games were being televised, I would always watch them, and in â59 I remember begging my mother to let me stay home from school and watch the games when they were playing against the Giants. I loved watching Maury steal. I was the only girl huddled around a radio at recess, listening to the Dodgers play the Milwaukee Braves for the pennant that year.... I can still hear Vinnie announcing âWeâre going to Chicago!â when we won the game. We played against the White Sox, and won the World Series. I am 75 now, and a great-grandma, living in Columbus, Ohio (I was a transplanted military wife). I still love my Dodgers, and L.A.. I subscribe to MLB to watch the games when they are televised unless they are playing in a city too close to mine. I can understand games in this state being blacked out (we usually go to Cincinnati if the Dodgers are playing the Reds). But it burns my biscuits when games in Pittsburgh are blacked out. Itâs a four-hour drive. Boo Hiss! I know we hardly play the Pirates any more, but still. And finally Vin Scully call Sandy Koufax the greatest pitcher he has ever seen. [Watch and listen here](. Until next time... Have a comment or something youâd like to see in a future Dodgers newsletter? Email me at email@example.com, and follow me on Twitter at [@latimeshouston](. To get this newsletter in your inbox, [click here](. ADVERTISEMENT
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