Clayton Kershaw, who plays for the LA Dodgers, was having a good run in Minnesota against the Twins when manager, Dave Roberts, decided to take him out of the game. Kershaw had just made it through seven perfect innings with 13 strikeouts and was going for the Major League Baseball’s 24th perfect game in history and the first one since 2012.
Clayton Kershaw Was Relieved By Alex Vesia After 80 Pitches
After Roberts took Clayton Kershaw out of the game after 80 pitches, his reliever, Alex Vesia, quickly gave up a single to catcher, Gary Sanchez, ending the hopes of a combined perfect game. That is hardly a surprise since a combined perfect game has never happened in the major leagues. This only shows that, to the disappointment of the nostalgists, the days when pitchers threw nine full innings are long gone. Even so, Roberts’s decision seemed mystifying to many because Kershaw didn’t seem exhausted at all. Still, the coach is known for being overly cautious and Kershaw’s removal should not have been that surprising.
Clayton Kershaw Was In His First Game for the Regular Season
Usually, starting pitchers are kept to short pitch counts during the first few starts of a season because throwing a baseball really hard is very tasking and it takes a while to build up the stamina necessary to do it repeatedly. Because of an owners’ lockout, spring schedules were shorter and Kershaw managed to throw just 11⅓ innings during his four appearances.
The game against the Twins was Clayton Kershaw’s first of the regular season and it looked like pushing his arm beyond its limits was something coach Roberts was not willing to risk, especially given his age and recent injury history. Not risking a pitcher’s health for a single moment of glory is hardly surprising. An example of what the ramifications can be is when the Mets allowed Johan Santana to throw 134 pitches for the June 2012 no-hitter. Back then, the glorious event also marked Santana’s end as an effective pitcher. He did just ten more starts and went on the disabled list after that, to never pitch again.
Bo Jackson needs no introduction and is one of the best sportspersons of all time. His name is taken along with others like the Ice Rink King Wayne Gretzky and Basketball superstar Michael Jordon. Well, when it comes to pro baseball, Jackson is a name that no one can forget. During his professional career that ran over three decades, Bo Jackson was named an All-Star in both baseball and football. So, what is it that makes Jackson such a good player? What were the turning points of his career that changed his life?
He Is an NFL Record-Setter
When Bo Jackson played for the Raiders, he had an impressive average of 5.4 yards per carry. This score is tied with Jim Brown (Hall of Famer). Even as a rookie, he would average an impressive 6.8 yards per carry. Additionally, he has made record-breaking touchdowns during most of the seasons in his career.
His Record-Setting MLB Scores
Bo Jackson’s name also shines high when it comes to his MLB scores. He holds the highest average of .272, 78 RBI, and 28 home runs across the 111 games he played. On four different occasions, he has also hit close to 20 home runs.
Bo Jackson the Game-Breaker
Jason has been known to have the longest run in NFL in the games he played in Los Angeles. In his game against the Seahawks, he did a 91-yard touchdown run and a 92-yard run in his game against the Bengals. It was considered the longest run ever done by anyone playing for the Raiders until Terrelle Pryor broke the record with a 93-yard run in 2013.
Bo Jackson – The K’s King
It goes without saying that the MLB season in 1989 was undoubtedly one of the best seasons for Bo Jackson. Even if you look at the All-Star’s game history, you will find that Jackson has contributed towards some of the best moments in baseball history. According to the MVP voting, he stood at #10 with record-breaking career highs of 105 RBI and 32 home runs.
Recovery Post Hip Surgery
In 1992, Jackson had to undergo hip surgery. Once he recovered from it, he was back on the field. His determination to resume his career made him work hard, and he came back with a bang. Bo was the first player who had an artificial hip and still played sports post his surgery. Fans were in awe to see him back on the field doing what he does best.
Although he has had his shares of ups and downs, it has never stopped him from being the best in whatever he does. Bo Jackson is an inspiration for many sports enthusiasts who want to make it big in the field.