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Clayton Kershaw not a fan of this season’s extra inning rule: “It’s not real baseball”

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Major League baseball has decided to use this pandemic-shortened season to test run a couple of rule changes that may or may not be permanently in effect moving forward.

One of those that have sparked headlines is the extra inning rule, which a runner starts at second base in each half inning beyond the 9th. Not only has it potentially shortened the length of games, but it is arguably added some excitement and intrigue from a strategy standpoint. However, baseball is a traditional sport that doesn’t exactly welcome change. One of those opposed to it is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

The 32-year old, who allowed three earned runs in five innings during the team’s 6-4 win in extra innings on Wednesday, admitted he is not a fan of this particular rule.

“It’s not real baseball,” said Kershaw after the game.

“But it’s fine for this year, and I hope we never do it again.”

Funny enough, the Dodgers have excelled in extra inning contests, posting a 5-1 record on the season in such games. Their last two wins have been in extra inning games.

They currently sit atop baseball with a 32-12 record.

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Blue Jays have inquired about free agent lefty Brad Hand

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for some additional bullpen depth, and are aiming at filling it with a quality left-hander.

According to reports, the team has focused some of their efforts on signing free agent reliever Brad Hand.

The 30-year old, who surprisingly had his option declined by the Cleveland Indians in late October, had amassed a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and an AL-best 16 saves out of 16 opportunities in 2020.

Prior to last season, he had made three straight MLB All-Star appearances from 2017-2019.

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Charlie Morton signs with Braves

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The Atlanta Braves just bolstered their rotation in a big way.

The team announced that they have agreed to sign veteran starter Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract.

The 37-year old, who has 13 MLB seasons under his belt, posted a 2-2 record, and 4.74 ERA in nine starts and 38.0 innings pitched last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, who ended up making it to the World Series.

In 2019, he went 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 194.2 innings pitched.

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Trevor Bauer becomes first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to win the Cy Young Award

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They have been in existence for a long, long time, but have never had a pitcher win the NL Cy Young Award in their franchise’s history. Well that has now changed.

Veteran right-hander Trevor Bauer became the first Reds pitcher to win the Award when it was announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year old, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, posted a 5-4 record, 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 100 strikeouts over a span of 11 starts and 73.0 innings pitched in the pandemic shortened 2020 MLB season.

“The biggest deal this year is I was just healthy,” said Bauer.

“I was able to go out there and compete, be on a routine.”

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber took home the AL Cy Young Award.

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