Dodgers ace Kershaw has 'no intentions' of retiring after 2021

By Sports Desk February 22, 2021

Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw said he has "no intentions" of retiring at the end of the 2021 MLB season.

Kershaw is entering the final season of his three-year, $93million deal as the Dodgers look to defend their World Series crown.

The 32-year-old Dodgers ace helped guide the star-studded franchise to their first World Series triumph since 1988 last season.

During the coronavirus-shortened 2020 campaign, Kershaw had a 2.16 ERA with 62 strikeouts and eight home runs allowed.

In the playoffs, Kershaw's ERA was 2.93 with 37 strikeouts and four wins in five appearances.

As Kershaw prepares for the new season, the future Hall of Famer insisted he has no plans to call it quits at the end of the campaign.

"I'm on a year-to-year basis," Kershaw told reporters on Sunday. "I wanna re-evaluate 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.

"I have no intentions of hanging them up. I'm only 32. I feel like I have more years left in the tank.

"If you ask me right now, I really still love playing, I feel healthy right now, I feel like the ball's coming out good.

"I'm excited for this year… I'm focused on this year and trying to win a World Series, and then after this year, we'll figure things out."

Kershaw was selected by the Dodgers with the seventh pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, while he made his debut two years later.

During his time in Los Angeles, the star pitcher has earned All-Star selection on eight occasions, to go with National League (NL) MVP honours in 2014.

Kershaw is also a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and Gold Glove recipient.

"I love being here. I love the Dodgers, I love everything about this organisation," Kershaw added. "I just feel really fortunate that I've gotten to have as many opportunities as I've had to win a World Series, and now that we finally won one, you just don't take that for granted. I really have enjoyed my time here and continue to do so."

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