Roy Halladay comes out with heat-related illness

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Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports.

The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees.  CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.

His early departure ended a string of 63 straight road starts in which he had lasted at least six innings.  It was the longest such streak since The Big Train, Walter Johnson, did it in 82 starts in a row from 1911-15.

Halladay was charged with three runs in four-plus innings in the game and went on to take the loss in a 6-1 game.  It was his shortest outing since he left his June 12, 2009 start for the Blue Jays with a groin injury in the fourth.

Sandy Koufax to be honored with statue at Dodger Stadium

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax will be honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium, expected to be unveiled in 2020. Dodger Stadium will be undergoing major renovations, expected to cost around $100 million, after the season. Koufax’s statue will go in a new entertainment plaza beyond center field. The current statue of Jackie Robinson will be moved into the same area.

Koufax, 83, had a relatively brief career, pitching parts of 12 seasons in the majors, but they were incredible. He was a seven-time All-Star who won the National League Cy Young Award three times (1963, ’65-66) and the NL Most Valuable Player Award once (’63). He contributed greatly to the ’63 and ’65 championship teams and authored four no-hitters, including a perfect game in ’65.

Koufax was also influential in other ways. As Shaikin notes, Koufax refused to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series to observe Yom Kippur. It was an act that would attract national attention and turn Koufax into an American Jewish icon.

Ahead of the 1966 season, Koufax and Don Drysdale banded together to negotiate against the Dodgers, who were trying to pit the pitchers against each other. They sat out spring training, deciding to use their newfound free time to sign  on to the movie Warning Shot. Several weeks later, the Dodgers relented, agreeing to pay Koufax $125,000 and Drysdale $110,000, which was then a lot of money for a baseball player. It would be just a few years later that Curt Flood would challenge the reserve clause. Koufax, Drysdale, and Flood helped the MLB Players Association, founded in 1966, gain traction under the leadership of Marvin Miller.