Clayton Kershaw has put to rest rumors of retirement for now. On Sunday, the All-Star pitcher announced that he is interested in re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 33-year-old pitcher had finally achieved his quest for a World Series ring after the Dodgers won it in 2020. It has been widely speculated that he would be retiring after this season, now that he has accomplished what he had sought out to do. The speculation increased after it was revealed that, earlier this month, Kershaw did not discuss a contract extension with the team. Not to mention, the pitcher was unsure if he even wanted a contract extension.

This fueled more about a possible impending retirement from the future Hall of Famer. During Kershaw’s first media availability, the pitcher said, “I wanna reevaluate at the end of every year and see how we’re doing — as a family, myself personally, where we are as a team — and then just make a decision from there.” The pitcher added, “I’m focused on this year and trying to win a World Series, and then after this year, we’ll figure things out.”

The 33-year-old pitcher has cemented his case for the Hall of Fame. He is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Winner, an NL MVP, three-time NL Strikeout leader and a five-time NL ERA leader.

If Kershaw does decide to stay with Los Angeles, the team is willing to explore options in retaining the pitcher for a longer period of time.


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