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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Humble As Ever When Talking About Record Breaking Performance

Just another day for the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.



It’s not every day that you get to pass a hall of fame pitcher in anything. But that’s exactly what the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw did on Thursday night against the Mariners. The southpaw struck out 11 batters en route to passing Don Drysdale for second all-time on the franchise strikeout list.

After the game, the always very humble Kershaw was asked about his feelings on the accomplishment. Kershaw didn’t downplay the importance but was more focused on getting the win for the Dodgers.

Yeah obvously very cool just to be a Dodger long enough  to accomplish something like that is pretty special. Like you said some of the names on that list, it’s pretty cool to be a part of that. Some day I’ll look back on it and think that’s pretty cool. But for today, it was just a great start all the way around, good game for the whole team really. It’s good to get out of here with a win.

Kershaw was fantastic in his start, making just one real mistake to Kyle Seager. He went 7 innings in a night where the bullpen needed a break and allowed just 1 run. On the year, he brought his era to just 2.25 through his first 4 starts of the year. The Dodgers starting rotation has been a strength early on, and he’s part of the reason or that. 

Kershaw also talked about his future when reflecting on the accomplishment. When asked if his recent resurgence has him thinking about playing longer, the Dodgers ace kept it simple. 

Kershaw’s current contract with the Dodgers is set to expire after the 2021 season. Fans in Los Angeles would certainly like to see him stick around for the long haul. 

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Passes Don Drysdale on All Time Strikeout List

Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The Dodgers without Clayton? Don’t even think about it! One of the greatest pitchers of all time and on top of that……a great father and a great man. May God Bless you and yours Kersh.

  2. I have been a Dodger fan since I was 5 years old in Brooklyn in 1950. Heard Vin Scully in his first year. Saw Koufax in his first year and grow into an all-time great. Having grown up with the Duke, Jackie, Campy, Pee Wee, Gilliam, Newk, Padre and so many others, I never thought the Dodgers could replicate that special talent.
    Kersh changes that for me. I am compelled to watch his every start and he has my attention as much as any Dodger ever has. His numbers demonstrate he may wind up being the best pitcher in the modern era and that would be fine with me.
    I hope he stays healthy until he is 38 or older and can pitch that long. What a special gift he is for Dodger fans.

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