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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Happy with His Decision to Re-Sign with LA

Clayton Kershaw’s 2021 season ended abruptly and with great uncertainty. When he walked off the mound with an elbow injury on October 1, there was a very real possibility it would be his last time on the field in a Dodger uniform. He was in the last year of his contract, his health was suddenly a huge question mark, and his hometown Rangers were likely to pursue him in the offseason.

Some Dodger fans might have been a bit overdramatic about it.

Luckily, Kershaw healed up well and shot down the Rangers, re-signing with Los Angeles shortly after the lockout ended in early March.

After missing the postseason last year and then enduring two separate injured stint lists this season, Kershaw is once again healthy and productive, pitching six strong innings on Wednesday in a Dodgers win over the Giants.

While Kershaw was careful with his words when it came to guaranteeing his health, it’s clear that his goal of winning another World Series is why he made the decision to stay in his adopted home of Los Angeles instead of returning to his other home in Texas, as Juan Toribio writes on

“I just want to pitch good leading into October,” Kershaw said. “You want to be a part of it. That’s why I came back. That’s why everybody wants to be on this team. It’s a special group and we got a chance to do something special. … I’m excited and hope to get that chance this year.”

The Dodgers are 94-42 and about to clinch their ninth NL West title in ten years, while the Rangers are 59-77 and have fired manager Chris Woodward and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels. At this stage in Kershaw’s career, the only thing that really matters to him is the opportunity to “do something special” again in October.

Being a key part of the best team in baseball is a pretty good situation to be in with that goal, so it’s no wonder Kershaw is happy to still be in Dodger Blue.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I guarantee that this WILL be his last year as a Dodger, no matter what happens. He will either sign with the Rangers or retire.

    1. Well, just hold on a minute my brother of the only color ( blue) …..CK’s career is JUST about to get a reboot! AKA; John Smoltz style reboot!! Can u imagine CK coming in the 8th n 9th innings?! I was shocked n happy for our fellow division (old division) rivals ( braves of course { not forgetting 1990 to} and Smoltzy rivaling Gagne- one or the other was gonna be 1&2 for rolaids reliever of the year award. N didn’t Smoltz get a freaking MVP and or CY Young ( I mean Clayton Kershaw Award)??? I mean , CK is already better than Cy Young. Warren Spahn for lifetime achievement, CY Young for red hot over most of a career. if CK can at least get us a win in this year’s WS, n get us competitive starts rest of the WS, and so so in NL finals n stuff???? “IF” is the middle word in life however, tho I’m not delving into philosophy, I’ve cradled on long enough already. My apologies, and KUDOS (!!!) for those who stuck around this far for mental baseball gymnastics. Go Blue, Bleed Blue, and Die Blue.

      1. Damn bro you had alot to but i read it all and agree. Dont think kersh will ever play for anyone else(i hope) coming out of bullpen sounds like a good idea. Go dodgers

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