History was about to be written in Minnesota on Wednesday – until it wasn’t.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has achieved a lot in his Hall of Fame-worthy career, winning three Cy Young Awards, the 2014 NL MVP Award and a World Series title in 2020.
But he had never been perfect.
Over seven innings Wednesday, Kershaw was looking to potentially rewrite the record books, pitching a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins with 13 strikeouts and 80 pitches to his name.
However, with just 80 pitches thrown on the day, Kershaw was pulled from the game by manager Dave Roberts in a move that angered many in the MLB community.
It’s not the first time Roberts has fired a pitcher who was pitching a perfect game, having done the same with Rich Hill in 2018, while Hill was perfect through seven against the Marlins.
Roberts also retired Walker Buehler after six no-hitters during the 2018 season.
The most recent occurrence of a pitcher dealing and being put out came in Game 3 of the 2021 World Series, when Ian Anderson was called out while throwing a no-hitter for five innings.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said after that game: “I said to him, ‘Ian, I’m going with my gut here. My eyes and my guts. “”
With Kershaw, 34, coming off an elbow injury that sidelined him from the last playoffs, Wednesday marked his first start of the 2022 season, meaning he was probably as fresh as he could get.
Dodgers wide receiver Austin Barnes said after the game that he also agreed with Roberts’ decision.
“It’s the start of the season. It was definitely the right decision. I think he was starting to get a bit tired.”
The Dodgers would eventually take a 7-0 victory, with reliever Alex Vesia giving up the only hit of the game in the eighth inning.
With Roberts’ controversial decision on full display, social media reacted to the fact that Kershaw couldn’t finish the day.
Here are some of the top reactions from Twitter.
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