Kershaw Impresses in His Spring Debut

Friday, March 6, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodger with the longest tenure, made his 2021 spring training debut and looked great. The Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-to-4.

In two innings, Kershaw threw only 22 pitches, and he was dominating. Before spring training began, he said that he wanted to continue pitching beyond this season, the last on his current contract.

Winning the 2020 World Series lessened a burden on Kershaw’s broad shoulders. He annoyed his children when he listened to “We’re Champions” by Queen daily during this offseason. He seems more relaxed than at any time during his Hall-of-Fame-caliber career, but he still has intense competitiveness. He still wants to improve.

At no time during his 13-year Major-League career, Kershaw has been interested in modern-day analytics, but with the new addition of Trevor Bauer, Kershaw has been discussing the new movement in baseball. Turning 33 on March 19th, Kershaw is still looking for a competitive edge.

Justin Turner had a good day with the glove. The argument against giving Turner a three-year contract was Turner lost a step defensively. During the 2020-2021 offseason, Turner must have a new workout routine since his body looks different from the previous years. Twice on Friday, Turner made great defensive plays.

Chris Taylor had a terrific offensive performance on Friday. He had a long double and grand slam.

So far this spring, Gavin Lux looks great offensively. In the 2020 season, Lux, who battled viruses, did not look like a future Major Leaguer even though he opened the 2020 spring training bragging that he would be the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year. At no time during the 2020 season, he performed decently.

This spring Lux has displayed wonderful offense. Friday, he had an opposite-field hit. If he continues to impress, he should be the Dodger everyday second baseman.

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