The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw would normally be four starts into the season already, and likely would have just pitched against the Nationals on Sunday. Instead, he is at home with his family pitching to his kids rather than big-league hitters.
The long-time Dodgers veteran joined SportsNet LA’s John Hartung to discuss quarantine life as well as his plans for the future. Most notably, Kershaw made it a point to discuss how he would not be okay with the rumored Arizona quarantine plan to get baseball started again.
Well I have two thoughts. One is I think it’s great we’re trying to figure something out…I will say that that situation that was played out, I don’t know who wrote the article or where it came from…I just don’t see that happening. I’m not going to be away from my family and not see them for four months. I just talked about how much Cooper(his newborn son) changes over one week, so to miss four months of his life right now, I’m just not gonna do it.
The report that Kershaw is talking about was reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan early last week. That reported suggested all teams isolate themselves in Arizona to get games going, something Kershaw says the Dodgers are split on the matter.
Ultimately its going to be a union decision…I can understand how someone maybe with no family that maybe its their first few years would be okay with baseball being played.
It’s a strange time indeed, and we’re just as hopeful that Major League Baseball will be able to come up with a more accommodating resolution. The Dodgers were supposed to be sixteen games into the season as of Monday night, and there does not seem to be an end in sight for this shutdown. You can watch more of the interview with Kershaw here.