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Dodgers News: Max Muncy Reacts to the Clayton Kershaw Update

The Dodgers got a major update on one of their free agents recently, as veteran starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will have surgery to deal with the shoulder injury that nagged at him throughout the second half of the season. There were questions about whether Kershaw would retire this offseason, but in his post about the surgery, it seems that he still wants to try to keep playing.

The future Hall-of-Fame pitcher essentially has a guaranteed contract for next season from LA, and if he chooses to return, they will sign him. But there has also been talk about him possibly going to the Texas Rangers to be closer to his hometown.

Either way, it seems that Kershaw wants to give it a go next season, which is great news. Infielder Max Muncy appeared on the MLB Network show High Heat and gave his thoughts on the news about Kershaw having surgery.

“You know, it makes me happy [knowing that he wants to come back and pitch]. He’s one of the best competitors in the game of baseball and I’ve been honored and blessed to be his teammate for the last six, seven years and getting to see how he goes about his work every single day, it’s not surprising to me why he’s had the success that he’s had because I know he’s been the same guy his entire career. It’s really special to watch first hand and I know fans get to see him every fifth day, but when you see him every single day the work that he puts in it’s it’s really special. And so for me it’ll be fun to get to see him comeback for another year. Hopefully it’s with us, but just to get a chance to see him pitch I know it’ll be really fun and be really special.”

Per Max Muncy via High Heat

Muncy has been teammates with Kershaw for some time now, so this is music to his ears. He knows just how dominant Kershaw can be when he is on, and that the version of Kershaw we all saw toward the end of the year wasn’t him.

While the veteran isn’t the same player that he once was, he can still contribute to this Dodgers team. Even if he has to miss a chunk of time next season, if they can get him back in the second half of the year, that would be welcomed.

Kershaw has meant so much to this Dodgers organization, and he deserves to come back at least for another year. He should be able to at least try to go out on a high note, rather than the awful performance he put together in the playoffs this year.

LA fans everywhere are hoping that he can make his way back to the team for another year. If anything, he could be honored in what would be a farewell tour, even if he doesn’t announce that it will be his final season.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. I’ve been posting for months that the Dodgers do in fact need to ramp up the marketing team for a Farewell Tour. I do want to see Kershaw go out on a better note. And, I want to see him get that 3,000th K!!

    1. Please keep Clayton for whatever time he has left. He is a treasure and we, the fans, love him and his family.

    2. Yes I totally agree. Kershaw is truly a great player and has done a lot for the Dodgers and the LA community. He’s not a player that you just get rid older. I think if he feels he’s not contributing he’ll pull the plug.
      I’m actually a bit annoyed that they let Turner go. He’s also a true Dodger.

      1. Right you are Dave. JT should NEVER have been dismissed, especially in the way that he was. I too remain annoyed, and fairly upset that he now plays elsewhere. He too should have retired in Dodger Blue.

        1. I’ve been a dodger fan since 1981. Kershaw is an icon and a institution to sports and the dodger organization. Let him continue until he makes a decision for retirement. Down the road he still has a few years to keep pitching

  2. I have been Dodger fan sin e before The Beloved Vin Scully started announcing Brooklyn Dodger games. I saw hall of fame Sandy Koufax # 32 pitch in both ebbets Field, and Dodger Stadium. I have had the pleasure of watching the next hall of fame Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershae pitch his major leagu debut, and have seen h pitch in Spring Training on Glendale, Arizona, as well as at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw is a treasure and as good a role model as one could have to look up to. The Dodger fans would love to see x
    Clayton as did Sandy Kpifax play his entire career in Dodger Blue #22
    Please resign this fantastic human being who also happens to be an outstanding role model and professional Los Angeles Dodger come back and be part of another Dodger Worl Series Champion have the parade that he and the team deserves wearing Dodger Blue..
    Allen G.
    Buckeye, Arizona

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