Over the last few years, it has been a question of when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw would finally hang it up. He has signed multiple one-year contracts to remain with the team, in order to keep flexibility for himself.
Each year, it seems that it could be his last, only for him to return. Kershaw has been the face of the Dodgers organization since his arrival many years ago, so when he does decide to retire, it will be a huge shift for the entire organization.
If this year is his last, then his final start at Dodger Stadium, at least during the regular season, will come against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Dave Roberts announced the schedule for Kershaw, and this matchup couldn’t be any more fitting for the Dodgers legend.
He has three NL Cy Young Awards, an NL MVP and numerous other awards throughout his career. Kershaw even got that elusive World Series win back in 2020, but he wants more.
Kershaw has nothing left to prove to anyone, and he will be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer after he leaves the game. But he still wants to help this team win another World Series. It has been his motivation to keep returning, and if LA can finish the job this year, it could see him walk away a winner.
He has been one of the better pitchers for the Dodgers this season, posting an ERA of 2.52 over 22 starts. Kershaw has also struck out 127 batters over 121.1 innings of work, showing that he still has something left in the tank despite some injury issues this year.
The hope is that Kershaw doesn’t retire and that he decides to come back next season. But if his regular season career at Dodger Stadium ends with him facing the arch-rival Giants, it’s like something out of a storybook, and a true Hollywood ending.
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