With his contract expiring at the end of this season, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw says he has no plans to retire.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made it quite evident to the baseball world that they fully intend on repeating as World Series champions. They avoided arbitration with pitcher Walker Buehler, re-signed third baseman Justin Turner and added ace Trevor Bauer to their starting rotation.
Clayton Kerhsaw could end up as a two-time World Series champion at the end of this upcoming season. But what about in 2022? After this season, the longtime Dodgers ace is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Would he consider retiring? Kershaw made it quite clear that he has no intentions of hanging up his cleats after this season in a quote obtained by J.P. Hoonstra of the Southern California News Group.
Clayton Kershaw: "I have no intentions of hanging ‘em up. I’m only 32. I feel like I have a few years left in the tank."
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) February 21, 2021
Kershaw has no plans to stop
Kershaw will be turning 33-years-old as he hits the open market next winter, which is not the oldest of ages. Regardless of that, the right-hander made it be known that he plans to throw off a pitchers mound for the foreseeable future, and said he would like to remain with the Dodgers.
The pitcher has spent his entire 14-year career in Los Angeles, where he secured his status as one of the best pitchers of this generation. Sure, he did have his share of postseason struggles, but he exorcised his demons by winning the Commissioner’s Trophy this past season.
In 10 regular-season starts, Kershaw (6-2) recorded a 2.16 ERA, 0.840 WHIP and 62 strikeouts over 58.1 innings of work. Come postseason time, Kershaw stepped up for the Dodgers, as he accumulated a 4-1 record, 2.93 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in five starts (30.2 innings).
Kershaw is on the record of saying he has no intention of retiring. As to whether he will remain with the Dodgers, fans will receive their answer once the 2021 season ends.