Koufax is still beyond compare

Updated: March 25, 2010, 10:49 AM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

He's left handed. He throws hard. And, he wears a Dodgers' uniform and his last name begins with 'K.'

So, the questions come. And, they come. They keep coming.

A. Martinez of 710ESPN asked the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw how he feels about the unending comparisons to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.

"Getting to meet Mr. Koufax, getting to talk to him for a little bit, it is a huge disservice to him to compare me to him at this point in my career," Kershaw said. "I haven't done anything really and he's one of the best pitchers of all time, if not the best."

At age 21 in 1957, Koufax went 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 104 innings. Kershaw, last season at age 21, went 8-8 with a 2.79 ERA in 171 innings.

Sandy Koufax

Koufax

Kershaw
Kershaw
"I'm almost embarrassed by [the comparisons] sometimes. It's both humbling and honoring," said Kershaw. "It's nice to be compared, but I don't know how fun it is."

Koufax's statistics boggle, even today. He won 25 or more games three times and threw over 310 innings in each of those seasons.

"No one is going to throw 350 innings, again," Kershaw said flatly. "And, his strikeouts. No one is really going to repeat that."

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