Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw made his final regular-season start of the season at Dodger Stadium over the weekend. It could be his final start at Dodger Stadium during the regular season of his career, depending on what he decides to do this offseason.
Kershaw has contemplated retirement over the last few seasons and has continuously signed one-year deals with LA to remain flexible. But it is starting to feel like the end of his legendary career could be coming to a close soon.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman spoke about Kershaw with John Hartung, Jerry Hairston, and Nomar Garciaparra prior to the team’s game on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. It seems that even he doesn’t want to think about Kershaw potentially leaving the organization.
“I don’t really have that because I’m not allowing my brain to go there. I don’t accept that Kersh isn’t going to be right in the middle of it all through this October. Next year… I just, I don’t accept it until he says it’s time. So I’m operating like he’s gonna be here and a big part of what we do.”Via SportsNet LA
Kershaw has been the face of the Dodgers since he arrived all those years ago, and he has grown up with the team. It would be a sad day if he decided to retire after this season, but completely understandable. He has given his all to this team, and he owes nobody anything anymore.
Despite some injuries this season, Kershaw has been pretty consistently the best pitcher for LA. On the year, he holds an ERA of 2.42 over 23 games started. He has also struck out 132 batters over the 126.1 innings that he has pitched.
LA will continue to rely on Kershaw until he finally hangs it up. Hopefully, it isn’t after this season, but if it is, we can only hope the team sends him out with another World Series win.
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