Future Hall of Fame pitcher Clayton Kershaw will stay with the only team he’s ever pitched for which is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw is on for another year after terms were agreed to that came out to be $17 million plus incentives.
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There was thought that Kershaw could get out of town and leave LA this past offseason after pitching there for his first 14 years. However, he is staying in Dodger blue and will be on a a rotation that includes Tony Gonsolin, Walker Buehler, Andrew Heaney, and then there is Dustin May, who is coming back and recovering from Tommy John surgery.
So far this year, Kershaw is having a solid season with a 3-0 start and the most notable outing this year was when he had a perfect game through seven innings but was pulled but ultimately fine with the decision.
"Blame it on the lockout, blame it on me not picking up a baseball until January," said the 34-year-old left-hander. "My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn’t have the bite. It was time."
In most offseasons, Kershaw would have started back up just about three weeks after the season, however he was also considering changing teams for the first time in his career, exploring options with the Rangers before Dodgers general manager Andrew Friedman made a call as soon as the lockout ended.
Despite that disappointment, Kershaw is having a year as he is a new record holder.
In the history of the clubs 139-year history of the Dodgers no one has more strikeouts than Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander got Spencer Torkelson of the Tigers in the fourth inning on at Dodger Stadium, passing Hall of Famer Don Sutton for the all-time franchise lead.
Kershaw ended his night with seven strikeouts in six innings, allowing one run. He has 2,700 career strikeouts.
Those 2,700 strikeouts now rank 26th on Major League Baseball's all-time list. He’s fourth in strikeouts among currently active pitchers, trailing Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Zack Greinke, all of who are at least three years older than the 34-year-old Kershaw.
Kershaw was moved by the crowd reaction.
"It's special," Kershaw said after a solid outing. "I didn't expect it. I understand that the Dodgers are a historic franchise and have been around a long time, so the guys that are on that list that I was fortunate enough to pass was a big deal. But I didn't know that fans would know or honestly care that much. It was special for me. It really was. It was cool to see. I tried to brush it off and keep going, but they wouldn't let me. It definitely meant a lot."