Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw dominated the Minnesota Twins yesterday, throwing seven perfect innings on just 80 pitches as the Dodgers cruised to a 7-0 win, moving to 3-2 on the season.
After 80 pitches in seven innings, Kershaw was retired, sparking outrage from fans and the media.
What made matters worse was that the perfect play deal ended after Kershaw’s exit.
However, a baseball coach on Twitter has a unique take on Kershaw’s situation.
He says it was good for the game to see a big league manager prioritize a pitcher’s health and his pitch count above all else, which in his mind should teach coaches to youngsters a lesson in preserving the arms of their pitchers.
Clayton Kershaw shooting a perfect 7 inning game is ultimately good for the game of youth baseball.
How many youth and family coaches have just seen a major league team put pitcher health, arm care and pitch count above everything else? I think that’s a good thing.
— Tom House 〽️ (@tomhouse) April 13, 2022
Should Kershaw have been fired?
It’s an interesting take, and he’s not wrong.
Baseball is emerging from a 99-day lockout, which has suspended all sport and prevented players from practicing at team facilities.
Kershaw has also struggled with health issues in recent years, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing that manager Dave Roberts opted to play it safe with his veteran southpaw.
On the other hand, Kershaw has never pitched a perfect game before and was only 80 pitches away.
He had a chance in history and was ultimately deprived of it, especially due to the fact that the perfect play offer ended after Kershaw’s exit.
But it’s interesting to see this coach’s perspective on the situation.
There are obviously two sides to this story, and you could easily defend both.
Kershaw took the high road when asked to be taken out of the game early, understanding why Roberts made the unpopular move and also expressing hope he could get another shot.