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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Thinks Extending the Year is a Bad Idea

The Dodgers’ long-time starter thinks making the season go further into the year could be a bad idea.

Major League Baseball recently started discussing scenarios to get baseball started again, much to the joy of Dodgers fans. While many ideas have been thrown out there, one in particular caught the attention of pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

In an interview with Roggin and Rodney on AM 570, Kershaw discussed the potential of pushing back the season further into the year. Generally, the playoffs are wrapped up by the end of October, leaving November, December, January, and most of February as the offseason. 

It gets a little risky the further you go in the season. You start talking about Thanksgiving and December for a World Series, that gets a little iffy in my opinion. I’m all for doubleheaders and playing as many games as we can.

The idea behind pushing the season further into the year stems from the hope that teams can play all 162 games. This despite the fact that the league still does not have a firm start date for teams to get back to baseball activity. If the Dodgers were not able to play a regular-season game until June, it seems more likely that the season would be cut down.

That has certainly been one of the options discussed in meetings with the player’s union. Another idea that has been thrown out, as Kershaw discussed, was teams playing more doubleheaders. The justification for Kershaw not wanting to go too far into the year is that it plays a role in the following season.

Many players need those couple of months off in the year to get their bodies healed up and healthy after a long season. If MLB pushed games all the way through December, that’s less than two months that players get to rest and recover before they have to be back at Spring Training in 2021.

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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. Just cancel the season if needed and stop worrying about the crybabies who can’t live without their sports. It’s pathetic

    • Hopefully the season get’s cancelled and also Brook Smith aka alias Annielives on….Always writing about what could be, and negative aspirations regarding Mookie etc. Maybe this site will get some writers with a degree from a non socialist un indoctrinated establishment. ………

      • Oh Kirk you big silly. Nobody is pretending to be Annie Savoy…One either is Annie or is not. I think you owe Brook an apology. You think he is having the time of his life writing about sports right now only to have you work out your Red Scare PTSD in the comments?…Have you checked under your bed lately? Communists love hiding under beds!

        Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it’s also a job.
        -Annie Savoy

        • Yeah o.k. Brook whatever you say. You know what I’d do to a Communist hiding under my bed Brook? Feed him to my Wolf pups. Glad you took my advice and had someone write a positive piece of journalism about Betts. Maybe he will start adapting to Southern Cal and feel welcomed for once.

          • Wolf Pups! how sweet of you to take in such ferociously wonderful Dogs.

            “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough to know when you are wrong.”
            -Annie Savoy-

    • “the crybabies who can’t live without their sports”

      The driving force behind saving the season isn’t to appease the ‘crybaby fans’.

      Its the lost revenue..

        • Annie I love how your the only character on this site that makes a statement, then below it the REPLY option is deleted to stop someone from responding. If it’s true that your not a site tech or writer, why the special trick? Inquiring minds need to know…Talk to Brook and ask him to re-install the blooper…. You silly wabbits, so tech savy…

  2. I would not want the 2020 season to be cancelled. Colleges play about 48 games. I would think that 90 – 112 games would be enough to call it a season of sorts.

    I totally agree with Kershaw with respect to extending the season deep into November or December. DON’T. America is going to be watching football, Tom Brady in an ugly Buccaneers uniform, a new rig-up to take out the Big Gecko assuming that he wins.

    I went to Cleveland in 2018 to see The Cars get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Watching the Indians play the Blue Jays in April at Progressive Field was quite miserable once the sun went down. Late November, December are NOT suitable for baseball. Jes’ sayn’.

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