That might be the only way, or so it might seem. Kershaw could be the best pitcher in the major leagues, but he will not start the All-Star game.
In announcing his decision, Matheny spoke of the "unfair advantage" Wainwright had in that the Cardinals see his leadership and performance every day. However, when asked whether Wainwright still would be starting if he pitched for another team and the choice was based on numbers alone, Matheny said: "If the manager wasn't a Dodger, then yeah."
With the All-Star game at New York's
"That's his opinion," Kershaw bristled then. He added: "It hurts."
Kershaw took Matheny's decision in stride — "You're not going to not pick your guy," Kershaw said — and said there was a legitimate case to be made for Wainwright.
"Adam deserves it," Kershaw said. "I have all the respect in the world for Adam."
Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 earned-run average that ranks second in the majors to Kershaw. In June and July, the months in which Kershaw has soared the highest, Wainwright was 4-1 in seven starts, with a 1.03 ERA.
"He's won two World Series," Kershaw said. "I'd trade Cy Youngs for World Series any day of the week."
Wainwright, 32, also has pitched 42 more innings and started five more games than Kershaw, who did not pitch in April because of a strained muscle in his upper back.
Kershaw, 26, is on pace to lead the major leagues in ERA for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA. His ratio of 11.8 strikeouts for every walk is the best among major league starters.
Would he like to start an All-Star game?
"Of course, I'd say yes," he said. "It's not something that's on my bucket list."
Mike Trout is widely considered the best player in baseball. He would have been a natural for Monday night's
"A lot of guys were giving me crap about it," Trout said.
"Around the league," Trout said.
Trout, 22, left little doubt that his decision reflected the wishes of Angels Manager
"If I get another chance, and if I said I wanted to do it," Trout said, "Scioscia would be against it, but he would support it."
Trout said Scioscia is concerned that taking so many hard swings in such a limited amount of time could hamper his performance and heighten the risk of injury.
"I don't think it will mess up my swing," Trout said.
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David Price, who could be traded by the
The Dodgers and Angels each would like to acquire a starting pitcher, but the Dodgers say they do not wish to trade the top prospects necessary to get an ace pitcher such as Price, and the Angels do not appear to have the prospects to trade.
Price said he would have no trouble joining a team on which he would not be the undisputed ace.
"I don't care," he said. "I'd rather be a No. 5. I'd rather face everybody else's No. 5. I don't want to face the Kershaws and Wainwrights."
If Price had to pick one, would he pick Kershaw or Wainwright?
"Clayton is the best pitcher in baseball," Price said. "He is."
The Dodgers appear fully stocked in the outfield, but could they pass on a chance to bring
Stanton, 24, leads the NL in home runs. He played high school ball at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, and his friends often ask him when he will come home to play.
"All the time," Stanton said. "They're like, 'You need to come play for us.' I do get that, especially after we go and play there."
Stanton said that playing for the hometown team was "the original dream, when you're a kid." As a major league player, he remains under the control of the
Power is increasingly scarce in the major leagues, particularly from such a young player, and virtually every team that could afford to pay him would line up to trade for him.
"I want to win," Stanton said. "If we're prepared to win, I want to stay."
Does he believe the Marlins are prepared to win?
"Look at the record," he said.
The Marlins are 44-50 and in fourth place in the
Stanton said he believed the Marlins were headed in the right direction before injuries hit. They were in first place as recently as May 9 and above .500 as recently as June 20.