Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vin Scully calling Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter was perfection

Los Angeles Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw lost his perfect game bid in the seventh inning, but went on to handle things all by himself the rest of the way, completing a 15-strikeout no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies in the process. But, perfection came to fruition with Vin Scully behind the microphone.

Scully in his own beautiful game story-telling ripped off these snippets along the way.

In reference to Hanley Ramirez's error - "It's the only blot on the escutcheon of Clayton Kershaw."

On speaking of no-hitter in middle of game - "Since we don't believe in superstition, our job is to give you information."

After recording last out in eighth inning - "After eight innings he has not allowed a hit. Breathes a big sigh of relief as he walks off the field. And he has three outs to go and amongst the large crowd, the BIIG heart of his wife Ellen beats a little faster."

After second out of the ninth inning - "And there is one out to go. One miserable, measly out."

Before and after the final pitch - "To try to put yourself in Kershaw's position, after all his is a professional, but your mouth has to be dry. Your throat has to be dry. O and 2. Got him! He's done it!"

After the game - "A big moment in a young life."

Here is Scully's call of each out (and the Ramirez error) from the game courtesy of MLB.com.



To end, here are some numbers behind the no-hitter:
  • This was Kershaw's first no-no
  • Scully has called 20 no-hitters
  • It was the second no-hitter of the season, with Kershaw's teammate Josh Beckett registering the first one.
  • Kershaw tossed just 107 pitches, 79 for strikes
  • He threw 6 pitches in the ninth inning
  • Kershaw's 15 strikeouts is a new career-high
  • The Dodgers have the most no-hitters of any MLB team with 22
  • 12 of the Dodgers' no-hitters have been tossed in Los Angeles and the other 10 were thrown in Brooklyn
No perfecto on the mound last night in L.A., but there was perfection as usual in the booth. Congrats to Clayton Kershaw and thank you Vin Scully.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Yankees’ approach to system rebuild makes sense

The New York Yankees have taken fire for several seasons about their farm system. While on the upswing thanks to some shrewd international picks and three first-round draft selections in 2013, the Yankees are still disparaged on the circuit. Is the criticism justified and how are they going about making things better?

Truth be told, the Yankees have had their fair share of players come up through the system in recent years. For every Jacoby Ellsbury, there is a Brett Gardner and for every CC Sabathia, there is a David Phelps (14th round in 2008) or a Chase Whitley (15th round pick in 2010). Maybe Whitley is a stretch, but you get the picture.

The Yankees moved from homegrown international free agent Mariano Rivera to homespun David Robertson in the closer role (17th round pick in 2006). Next in line there? Possibly Dellin Betances; drafted in the 8th round in 2006.

The Yankees spent loads of money on Brian McCann, but they have a talented duo behind him, with John Ryan Murphy (second round pick in 2009) currently excelling in the backup role, and Gary Sanchez (international signing in 2009) finding his way at Double-A Trenton. There is even more depth at catcher with fan-favorite Francisco Cervelli (amateur free agent signed in 2003) and Austin Romine (second round in 2007) who have seen significant time in the Bronx in recent seasons.

The point here is that even though the Yankees will always be a team that outspends just about everyone so long as the Steinbrenner family remains in control, they’ve had their share of talent come through even in seasons when it seemed that all they did was spend. Further, the Yankees have come to realize -- or they now remember -- that there is just as much potential in building a farm system that can churn out Major League talent, whether to grace the grass at Yankee Stadium or to use as an asset to go after a star they feel can make an immediate impact.

So while the Yankees continue to flex their monetary strength in the free agent market, they hit the amateur draft and will follow during the international signing period with a model of securing promising players closer to MLB-ready via the draft (at least in age and experience level) and younger players with significant upside by wielding the wallet in Latin America.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New York Yankees: Kendrys Morales fits regardless of Mark Teixeira’s health

A team can never have enough offense and right now the New York Yankees are practically working without one. As the MLB First-Year Player Draft is set to begin Thursday, a competent bat becomes available without draft pick compensation attached; Kendrys Morales.

Morales, a switch-hitting first baseman and designated hitter with power, was left to wait after the Seattle Mariners gave him a qualifying offer and not a single team bit due to the loss of a draft pick accompanying his signing. He has been linked to several teams including the Yankees. Morales (.277/.336/.449 with 23 HR in 2013) will be looking to sign for the pro-rated $14 million contract he could have accepted from Seattle during the offseason.

The fit for the Yankees seems obvious if Mark Teixeira was to suffer a long-term disabled list stint due to his surgically repaired right wrist which has flared up in recent weeks. But, with Teixeira back in the lineup Tuesday and launching his 10th home run of the season, is there a spot for Morales?