Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Ties Record for Most Warren Spahn Awards

Clayton Kershaw added another reward to his resume Wednesday when he was presented with his fourth Warren Spahn award, which is given to the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.

But it's nothing against the Spahn award or anything; but, it isn't really the award that Kershaw wanted to be collecting in early 2018.

"Losing is no fun," Kershaw said, referencing the loss in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, "This year more than ever I understand what it feels like to lose that seventh game; (It) keeps me coming back and wanting to win games for my team and to win a World Series – it doesn't come with complacency."

Still, Kershaw's fourth Spahn award ties Hall of Famer Randy Johnson for the most ever. Still, Johnson has that elusive World Series ring that Kershaw so desperately chases.

Kershaw, 29, turns 30 next month, and is coming off a season where he won 18 games and recorded a 2.31 ERA, striking out 202 batters in 175 innings.

He also won the Spahn award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. But according to the Cubs' Jon Lester, last year's winner, the award should have gone to the Dodgers' ace.

Should Kershaw break the record next season with his fifth Spahn award, he will do so on the award's 20th anniversary.

The Dodgers open up the 2018 season at home against the Giants on March 29 at 4:10 p.m.

Dodgers Reportedly Sign Mark Prior as Bullpen Coach

The Dodgers have reportedly hired Mark Prior to become their new bullpen coach, according to a source of Yahoo’s Tim Brown.

Brown announced the speculation on his Twitter account.

Prior, 37, is a former Major-League pitcher who pitched in five big-league seasons. He compiled a record of 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA with the Cubs, including going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003.

After being labeled a can’t-miss talent by his personal pitching coach Tom House, Prior’s delivery went from being praised to questioned following several arm injuries hampered his career.

He announced his retirement in 2013. His ratio of 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings trails only Randy Johnson (10.6) among pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched.

In 2015 he took over as the Padres’ Minor League pitching coordinator, working with each of the team’s affiliates for three days at a time.

Prior seems to be a good fit with the Dodgers because of the can’t-miss ability he once possessed; plus, his experience with minor-league pitchers bodes well as he knows how to work with talent of that age as it comes into the big leagues and a different culture.

In an interview with MLB.com in 2015, Prior said that he “loved every minute of it, and helping to achieve their (the pitchers) dream, whether it be a small part of it or a large part.”

One prospect that Prior had a hand in improving is Michel Baez. The 21-year-old Cuban pitcher got off to a rough start, including an early outing where he allowed four runs in 5.0 innings pitched.

Baez wound up finishing the season with a record of 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA. He also boasted an impressive strikeout/9 ratio of 12.6. It is exciting to see what he can do with the Dodgers pitchers going forward.

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Take $11.4M Hit On Baseball In November

With the Los Angeles Dodgers losing the World Series on Nov. 1, there were many who in essence, lost — including Las Vegas sportsbooks, who saw an $11 million loss because of baseball alone.

Bettors choosing for the Houston Astros to win the World Series were satisfied with the 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. In total, the $11.4 million loss for the month (in one day) was the largest baseball hit seen for the state’s regulated books, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Also included were bets made on the Astros to win Game 7.

The previous mark was set in November 1999 when the Yankees beat the Braves to win the World Series. That year, the books lost $6.2 million.

Sports books have reportedly recovered from the hit thanks to big wins in football and basketball. Overall, the sportsbooks won $9.8 million in November, which records the 52nd consecutive month in which the books have come up on top, a streak dating back to July 2013.

Through December, sportsbooks have won a net $213.6 million in 2017, which currently stands as the fourth-most lucrative year ever. At the top is 2015, when the books netted $231.7 million.