Clayton Kershaw skeptical of MLB plan for neutral site games


Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw has doubts about the latest ideas discussed to kick off the season if it means being away from family for months.

Major League Baseball has reportedly envisioned a scenario where teams would play in Arizona and Florida spring training grounds without fans and where players would remain in hotel quarantine. This scenario is not something that Kershaw believes will be accepted by the majority of players.

“We all want to play baseball. I understand that; I also want to play baseball, “Kershaw told Arash Markazi of the LA Times. “But there is something to do in the big leagues and you cannot compromise that. Playing in training stadiums in the spring and quarantining for months without your family and things like that, I don’t think it’s doable if you talk about doing it for four to five months.

“You just lose the product on the ground because the guys are not in their natural element. We’re all ready to take drastic steps to make this season a reality, but there are also some things that will affect the product on the pitch, and that’s what you need to pay attention to. “

Kershaw is not the only player skeptical of the possibility of having family quarantined players in a city for an extended period of time.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout told NBC Sports there were red flags, especially when asked to stay away from his pregnant wife.

“What are you going to do with family members? My wife is pregnant, what will I do when she gives birth – will I have to quarantine for two weeks after I return? Trout explained. “Obviously, I cannot miss the birth of our first child. There are a lot of red flags, there are a lot of questions. “

For Kershaw and the Dodgers, there has been a lot of excitement this season after the acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox. If the season cannot be played, Betts would still become a free agent as he only has one year left on his current contract.

“This is the most frustrating thing,” said Kershaw, 32. “We brought in Mookie and David and exchanged very good talents to get them, so not having a season would be difficult.

“The Dodgers were built to win a world series every year that I’m here, but not having this chance this year with the talent we have would be frustrating. So I hope we can start something because we had a lot of optimism. ”


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