There’s a never ending balance of short term and long term goals when managing a franchise.
This is especially true when in charge of a team in the MLB where you have 162 games worth of decisions to make. On top of that, you have another batch of choices to consider should your team be lucky enough to make the postseason.
Where is the line drawn between chasing a unique individual achievement and prioritizing long term health in the pursuit of a championship?
That was the question presented to Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts last night. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had the dream of all pitchers alive and well going into the 8th inning; a Perfect Game.
Clayton Kershaw was incredible. pic.twitter.com/eODbAeRgOa
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 13, 2022
Kershaw, however, has struggled to stay healthy over the years and losing him to injury would be massive blow to LA’s title hopes.
Roberts answered the question of short term vs long term swiftly and decisively pulling Kershaw before the 8th and ending the chance for a 24th pitcher to join the illustrious Perfect Game club.
Clayton Kershaw was perfect through 7 innings on 80 pitches.
The Dodgers elected to pull him from the game ending his chance at just the 24th perfect game in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/6m14BfPATw
— ESPN (@espn) April 13, 2022
As for whether or not he made the right decision, social media was fierce on both sides.
If it’s a no-hitter, whatever. Yank him. Clayton Kershaw has thrown one.
But there have been more than 220,000 games in MLB history. There have been 23 perfect games.
Everything — especially a pitch count of 80 — is lining up to at least let Kershaw try. You cannot pull him.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 13, 2022
“This was the right choice.”
Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 batters, baffled the Twins with his slider and fired seven perfect innings on 80 pitches in his 2022 debut to cap the road trip. He also understood why his day ended there. https://t.co/wqsaQiqdzj
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) April 13, 2022
Thursday on The Dan Dakich Show we turned to our friend Boog Sciambi, the TV play by play voice of the Chicago Cubs. Boog weighed in on the Clayton Kershaw pull and also shared where his expectations are for the Cubbies this season.
For the Cubs and Kershaw, give the whole interview a listen. If you’re just interested in the Kershaw talk, it’s at the 9:10 mark below.
Check it all out and don’t miss The Dan Dakich Show, weekdays 12-3pm Eastern, on The Fan.