In recent years, the question loomed large: When would Dodgers’ pitching sensation Clayton Kershaw call it quits? Contracting for one-year deals, Kershaw retained flexibility for himself, keeping fans guessing whether each season might be his last. Since his arrival many years ago, Kershaw has embodied the spirit of the Dodgers organization. Therefore, his eventual retirement promises a seismic shift for the entire team. If this is indeed his final season, then his last regular-season start at Dodger Stadium unfolds against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Manager Dave Roberts unveiled Kershaw’s schedule, a matchup that epitomizes the legend’s farewell.
Kershaw boasts an impressive resume featuring three NL Cy Young Awards, an NL MVP, and a slew of other accolades throughout his illustrious career. Even the elusive World Series victory became his in 2020. While Kershaw may have nothing left to prove, with a future as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer firmly secured, he still yearns to contribute to another Dodgers’ World Series triumph. His unwavering motivation keeps him returning year after year. If Los Angeles can clinch the championship this season, it may provide the perfect culmination to his storied career.
This season, Kershaw has once again demonstrated his prowess as one of the Dodgers’ premier pitchers. With an impressive 2.52 ERA across 22 starts, he’s shown that, despite grappling with injury issues this year, he still possesses the skill and determination that have defined his career.
While the hope persists that Kershaw will postpone retirement, his regular season swansong at Dodger Stadium, facing off against the arch-rival Giants, reads like a page from a storybook—a true Hollywood ending in the making.
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