Why Clayton Kershaw wept over the trade of a backup catcher

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No one took the Dodgers’ surprising trade of backup catcher A.J. Ellis harder than ace Clayton Kershaw.

The two were extremely close on and off the field, with Ellis serving as Kershaw’s preferred catcher for much of his career. The two came up through the minors together and both made their major-league debuts during the 2008 season. But they had to say goodbye on Thursday, and it was emotional.

And then there’s this powerful quote from Ellis in the Los Angeles Times:

Still working his way back from a back injury, Kershaw hasn’t pitched since June 26. And Ellis hadn’t been behind the plate for a Kershaw outing since June 15.

Kershaw wasn’t the only Dodger who was disappointed. Ellis, who is hitting just .194, was a tremendously popular and respected player in the clubhouse and among other members of the rotation. A sampling of the feedback from other Dodgers on the trade:

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