One of the intriguing subplots of the 2023 Dodgers season revolves around the future of veteran pitcher Clayton Kershaw. As the year draws to a close, fans are eagerly awaiting news of Kershaw’s plans, especially since he has briefly mentioned retirement and maintained flexibility with one-year contracts in LA.
Kershaw himself has admitted uncertainty about his 2024 plans, emphasizing his focus on winning in the current season. Nevertheless, the question of his next move looms large over the organization.
During a recent conversation with MLB insiders Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman, Manager Dave Roberts offered his insights into what he believes Kershaw might decide for the upcoming season.
While there has been speculation about Kershaw potentially leaving the Dodgers to play for his hometown Texas Rangers, the significance of concluding his illustrious career in LA is not lost on him. Kershaw, a true baseball historian, values the idea of finishing his legendary journey with a single franchise.
If this indeed turns out to be Kershaw’s final season, he can take pride in his performance. In the 2023 campaign, he posted an impressive ERA of 2.46 and a WHIP of 1.06, marking the 13th season out of the last 15 where he finished with an ERA below 3.00.
“I don’t know if he’s coming back,” Roberts said. “I don’t know. I know he loves being a Dodger, so if he does come back to pitch I would assume it would be with the Dodgers. That’s my honest answer.”
Kershaw has been the face of the Dodgers organization since his debut in the big leagues. His potential departure would undoubtedly be a poignant moment for fans and the team alike. His impact on the organization cannot be overstated, and whatever path he chooses after the season, he can count on unwavering support from both the team and its loyal supporters.
While fans hope Kershaw will return for another season, the prevailing sentiment is a desire to witness his unparalleled skills for as long as possible. Beyond that, there’s a collective aspiration that the team can secure another World Series championship in 2023, potentially providing Kershaw with a memorable send-off as he contemplates his future.
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