Clayton Kershaw criticizes MLB for efforts to change baseball: ‘Fans want to see success’
The 2021 MLB season has seen pitchers dominate batters historically, but not all pitchers are excited about the change.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw told reporters after Wednesday’s start that while “non-hitters are cool,” he believes their frequency in 2021 is “probably not good for the game.” according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
“The fans want to see hits, I get that, and the action, and not too many guys hitting,” Kershaw said in the report.
There have been six non-hitters already, the latest coming Wednesday when the Yankees’ Corey Kluber failed to hit the Rangers. The MLB record for most in a single season is seven.
Kershaw believes part of the reason for the increase in the non-hitting rate in 2021 is Pre-Season MLB Baseball DIY. MLB has been reported to have changed the way baseball is made after an increase in home runs over the past two seasons.
“I appreciate MLB attempts [to deaden the baseball], but it looks like they’ve missed the mark so far, ”Kershaw said in The Times report. “Whatever the intention of the new ball, it really didn’t do anything. There might be fewer home runs, which they want, I guess, but April was one of the worst months in gaming history. ”
Hitters this season are hitting a collective of .236, which is the lowest average in the history of the sport. In just three more seasons, the collective batting average was lower at .240 – 1968 (.237), 1888 (.239) and 1908 (.239).
Kershaw is the author of a no-hitter, coming June 18, 2014 against the Rockies. While his 2021 ERA of 3.18 would be the highest since his rookie season in 2008, he is also knocking out hitters at a rate of 10.32K / 9, his highest since 2017.