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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Talks Briefly About His Future With Los Angeles

Kersh might want to be a Dodger for life.



Dodgers fans getting to watch Clayton Kershaw lift the World Series trophy a few weeks ago was easily one of the better things to happen in 2020. So many fans have watched his career and waited so patiently for that moment. 

Kershaw was drafted by the Dodgers back in 2006 out of Highland Park High School in Texas. Over 14 years later, he got to win his first World Series just 30 minutes away from where he grew up playing ball. In those 14 years between being drafted, so much has happened. Kersh has grown into one of the all-time greats, winning Cy Young Awards, an MVP, and setting all sorts of records.

With that in mind, it’s tough to imagine Kershaw not pitching for the Dodgers. But as we approach the 2021 season, we also approach the final year of his contract. When he wraps up his contract next year, Clayton will be entering his age 34 season. Logically, that leads many to wonder whether he will be back in Los Angeles. 

Making an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show this month, Kershaw was asked that very question. Ellen wanted to know if the legendary southpaw would try to spend his entire career with the Dodgers, and Kershaw had a short answer for him. 

Man, I hope so. I hope so. I don’t what it holds but I’ll be there next year for sure. But I hope so. 

At this point, it’s really difficult to imagine Kershaw not finishing his career in a Dodgers uniform. It’s also hard to imagine the team letting him walk away. Here’s hoping that we don’t have to worry about either of those things heading into the 2021 season.

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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. It’s a business and it will depend on what Kershaw feels he is worth after 2021. If he continues to eat up innings with an ERA in the 2’s, the Dodgers will face a tough decision. Do they give him a market value contract through age 37? My guess is no. But all he has to do is look at people like Pujols and Bumgarner to see that just following the money doesn’t lead to happiness either.

  2. Kershaw will be in blue forever I give him 3 more years as a starter then move him to the closer role to finish of his amazing career

  3. I think that Clayton will be getting an extension on his own terms. He puts people in the stands (provided there’s not a pandemic). I don’t think he would look good in any other uniform.

  4. Clayton is going to retire a Dodger! He is a first time ballot in the HOF and the Dodgers Fans and the City of Los Angeles love him like they loved Sandy Koufax and pitchers like them only come around ever 50 years! Clayton Kreshaw is in the group of Dodger Royalty!

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