NL West Notes: Kershaw, Rockies’ Opening, Dodgers

The San Francisco Giants have the opportunity this evening to give the National League its third consecutive World Series win, the Senior Circuit's longest such streak in three decades. If Game Four starter Matt Cain wins tonight, he will become only the third pitcher in MLB history to record three series clinching victories in one post-season. As the Giants try to bring the Commissioner's Trophy to the NL West for the second time in three years, here's the latest from that division:

  • Major League Baseball presented Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw with the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who most embodies the humanitarian vision of the late Pirates star, prior to the start of Game 4 of the World Series, writes Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
  • The Rockies have expressed interested in interviewing Giants bench coach Ron Wotus for their managerial opening, reports the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders. Saunders also confirmed Matt Williams, the Diamondbacks' third base coach, is the sixth candidate to be interviewed joining Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells, Jason Giambi, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss, ex-White Sox and Mets manager Jerry Manuel, and former Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
  • Weiss would be an inspired choice to become the Rockies next manager, according to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post. Weiss was universally respected for his knowledge and work ethic by his teammates and he knows the Rockies' culture, having played for the team and worked as a special assistant for general manager Dan O'Dowd, opined Renck. 
  • Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, in his World Series column for the Los Angeles Times, understands the logic of those who believe it is difficult for teams in Southern California to win the World Series because of the cold weather conditions in October.
  • MLB is in discussions about the possibility of starting its 2014 season in Australia, reports Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times. A MLB spokesman said the possibility of playing in Australia is not currently being explored. Dilbeck also referenced a report in the Sydney Morning Herald where the preference of the Australian promoters is a series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Sydney.
  • Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times she will be joining the Dodgers' board of directors representing her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. A Dodgers official said the team is finalizing an agreement with the Robinson family but declined to comment publicly in advance of an announcement.

Daniel Seco contributed to this post.


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18 Comments on "NL West Notes: Kershaw, Rockies’ Opening, Dodgers"


bonds2425
2 years 9 months ago

Let’s hear more excuses a.j. Ellis. Lame!

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Probably the smog that used to overcast above the city in the early AM led to problems as well.. U never know about some people and writers.. Always an excuse..

As for that early AM blanket of smog.. Wonder if still occurs? San Diego had it also decades ago.. As someone who came from a “clean” area, Wondered why if was foggy every AM, but the “fog” was only up high all the time and was told it wasn’t fog, but smog :-(

northsfbay
2 years 9 months ago

I lived in LA when I was a kid in the ’60s. Your eyes would water from the smog. With the newer cars, it is not bad.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 9 months ago

The killer LA smog is a thing of the past. When I moved to SoCal in the ’70s it was awful, during the summer months especially. Even light exertion could give you chest aches. No more. A big victory for air quality regulations.

Anyway, I am enjoying AJ Ellis’ columns in the Times, easily the best thing going in the sports section these days. I hope the paper will extend his contract.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

I haven’t been to Southern CA for more than *1* day since the late 70’s. Was why wondered if it still hung in the air. Figured with clean air standards it was gone, but why asked.

Wife and I spent 1 day at San diego couple years back and didn’t notice it then in the early AM hours there.

toptimrubies
2 years 9 months ago

You obviously did not read the article.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
2 years 9 months ago

Or did not understand it. Always a possibility.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
2 years 9 months ago

Yes, I think Walt Weiss would be a great choice for the Rockies, if anything, he would know how to set an infield defense! Something the Orioles current staff does not.
Interesting note on Weiss he was a 10th round draft choice by the Orioles in 1982. Something I did not know until I was just reading up on him. Why was I reading up on him? I will tell you why, I thought he won a “Gold Glove” during some point in his career. He did not, I am a bit surprised by that.

55saveslives
2 years 9 months ago

Ron Wotus would be a great manager. I’d hate to see him leave, but he’ll never get the job away from Bochy.

Jwick22
2 years 9 months ago

Surprised riggleman is not on a list or wo

Slopeboy
2 years 9 months ago

@Jwick22
Managers with mediocre records that try to exhort contracts are not looked upon with favor by teams looking for a new manager.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Well put my friend..

Hey.. Does that mean Valentine is going to join Riggleman in the extortion game after things cool off some around him? At least Valentine won something in his time as manager..

Slopeboy
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t think Valentine is an extortionist as much as a blackmailer. As I understand it, he took hush money.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

LOL and then talked anyway! Had it been the mob? He would join Hoffa in East Rutherford :-)

Slopeboy
2 years 9 months ago

That Hoffa story is a myth. The Football Giants & the FBI actually had both end zones dug up and nothing was ever found. I suspect that Hoffa was dispersed in the form of several dozen cans of Alpo dog food.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Read and saw that on TV shows also. Still something almost mythical about someone who was in cahoots with the kennedies, syndicated crime and played everyone else off against each other to end up wearing concrete galoshes..

2 years 9 months ago

Why not Ozzie ?

jigokusabre
2 years 9 months ago

If the Rockies don’t hire Weiss, the Marlins should interview him.