ESPN’s Top 100 MLB players of all-time has already created some intriguing conversations. As it was intended to do. The list was generated by a polling dozens of ESPN baseball editors and writers. Several Dodgers made the list, including Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was listed 52nd.
ESPN’s de facto baseball historians, Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney, strongly believe that Kershaw’s final ranking is muchtoo low.
On his Baseball Tonight podcast, Olney kept it short and sweet.
“Clayton Kershaw at 52. I saw that and said, ‘Uh-uh’. He’s a lot better than that.”
But in the video that accompanied the ESPN article, Olney provided a more long form defense of one of the Dodgers all-time greats.
“I cannot believe he’s that low. You’re talking about a guy when you look at BR adjuster era plus, among starting pitchers, he’s second all-time. You’re talking about a guy who’s won 3 Cy Young awards, three other seasons he finished in the top three, I’m surprised he’s as low as 52.”
Tim Kurkjian also thinks that Kershaw ranking isn’t representative of his performance in the context of the era he’s played in.
“I have him higher than 52 because during this era of when runs are scored, balls are flying out of the ballpark, and you look at what he’s done ERA-wise in this stage of his career, it’s essentially unprecedented. He’s too low, for sure, at 52.”
Kershaw’s production in his prime years (2010-2017) is mind boggling. The lefty led all pitchers in WAR (52.4), ERA (2.20), WHIP (0.95), and batting average against (.199).
What do you think Dodgers fans, is Kershaw ranked too low?
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