Dodgers pitchers Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw are both products of the Los Angeles farm system. Kershaw was drafted in 2006 out of high school, and Urias was signed out of Mexico six years later. The two lefties are heading into their eighth season as teammates, but they’ve never been opponents.
Until now, that is. Both Urias and Kershaw will be pitching in the World Baseball Classic, Julio for Team Mexico and Kersh for Team USA. The two teams will play each other on March 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, and Urias thinks it would be pretty awesome to pitch against his friend and teammate.
Here’s the tweet again, translated to English by Twitter:
Julio Urías talks about a possible pitching duel against Clayton Kershaw at WBC 2023:
“Hopefully and it happens, we know what he means to this country. Having him as a partner [probably more accurately translated to “teammate”], I’ve always said, is a blessing and being able to face him would be another blessing.”
The 2023 season could be the last as teammates for Kershaw and Urias, both of whom will be free agents next offseason. Kershaw has come back to LA in free agency each of the last two winters, but Urias and his agent, Scott Boras, will likely be looking for a big payday, and he should be a popular option for teams looking for starting pitching.
But that’s still months away. First, they need to win another World Series together. And before they can do that, they need to battle each other in the World Baseball Classic next month.
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