Dodgers manager Dave Roberts robbed us of a magical moment

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Clayton Kershaw just six outs from a perfect game.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Clayton Kershaw just six outs from a perfect game.
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Dave Roberts must have been wearing a ski mask yesterday in Minneapolis.

And it was not because it was cold there.

Roberts, the Los Angeles manager, robbed us. It was naughty. It was great. He took from Clayton Kershaw’s legacy. And he robbed Baseball America in broad daylight while Baseball Gods watched, nothing less.

Kershaw – the triple Cy Young Award winner and best pitcher of our generation – painted a masterpiece at Target Field. The veteran left-hander was perfect through seven innings. The twins were helpless against Kershaw. The first 21 fell with ease, 13 of them were on strike. No hits, no walks.

Best of all, Kershaw was economical with only 80 seats.

The stage was set to see our first perfect game since 2012.

And then Roberts happened and pulled Kershaw. Only six outs away from immortal, Kershaw never went back on the bump to pitch the bottom of the eighth.

It was a colossal mistake by Roberts, the wrong thing to do in that situation.

Enter the medical staff fans who have approved it because you do not want to see Kershaw injured again after all. We understand that. He had an arm injury last season.

It is the excuse that some will hold on to and use to justify a violent act against the baseball game.

Sports, in fact.

That’s what the fans crave the most. It’s about moments and memories. It’s about seeing things with their own two eyes. That’s why fans go to games and watch. That’s why adult men cry when their team wins a championship.

No doubt Kershaw should have gone out there to pitch the eighth. And at the first sign of trouble, you pull the plug and take the ball from him.

It was an elementary decision, not one to rethink a situation. The baseball community was outraged. Even Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson chimed in on Twitter. “Clayton Kershaw PERFECT game 80 lanes, take him OUT !!!!! THE! What is the game about? ” Sir. October wrote.

“(One) of the best of the era and you take him out with a perfect game in the 7th, 7-0 Dodgers win. Take him OUT! THIS IS BASEBALL, PLEASE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER PLAYED, GET AWAY. “

Reg-gie is spot on.

You seize the moment. You get him to skip his next start if he pitches a complete game. There is a will. But you can not just pull the plug for heck.

If managers had the magic formula to prevent pitchers from getting injured, Jacob deGrom would have made every start for the New York Mets.

Preventing someone from getting hurt is just not possible.

If Kershaw got injured by pitching the eighth, he could have been injured in the first half of his next start. There is no rhyme or reason for damage.

Managers should stop following the script and reading the space. Kershaw, 34, was dealing, not pressure pitches. This was a cake walk, a moment in life.

And with the sand running out of Kershaw’s Hall-of-Fame career, you can not afford to take this opportunity from him. That’s not right, just.

It’s actually shameful.

I covered David Wells’ perfect match against the Twins at Yankee Stadium in 1998. It was spectacular, a moment burned into my memory forever. After all, I’ve been covering Major League Baseball for 36 years, and it’s the only perfect game I’ve personally witnessed.

It’s not like they happen all the time. There have only been 23 in the game’s history. Sandy Koufax has the only one in Dodgers’ history.

Roberts had no right to deny us a chance to see a great pitcher throw greatness one afternoon in April.

And do not buy into Kershaw’s comments. He’s a good teammate, a soldier. He helped his leader from drowning in yet another case of analyzes that went wrong.

“I would have loved to have been (in the game), but bigger things, man, bigger things,” Kershaw told reporters after his first start of the season. He added that Roberts made “the right decision” to pull him off despite the historic situation.

You know, the pencil-protective nerds in the front office had decided how many pitches Kershaw would throw, no matter how things went.

Because of that, we were all deprived of a possible sports memorial to cherish.

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