Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is not excited about the idea of potentially playing the MLB season in a quarantined state.
There is talk around league circles that one of the scenarios being considered to get MLB back amid the COVID-19 pandemic is that all the teams would gather in one spot (Arizona is being mentioned) to play the season in a sort of quarantine bubble.
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has made it clear he isn’t interested in playing out a scenario like this.
Now we’re hearing a similar line of thinking from Kershaw, who opened up to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times about this.
“Playing in spring training stadiums and quarantining for months without your family and certain things like that, I don’t think that’s doable if you’re talking about doing it for four to five months,” Kershaw said. “You just lose the product on the field because guys aren’t in their natural element. We’re all ready to take drastic measures to make this season happen, but there’s also certain things that will affect the product on the field, and that’s what you have to be careful about.”
Kershaw made it clear he wants to play, but the idea of being away from his family for months isn’t setting well with him. And who could blame him?
MLB has expressed confidence in a return sometime this summer, but at this point that’s all we really know for certain about where the league is at with any of its plans.
Leading White House expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that there is a road back to playing pro sports without fans in attendance. But it’s sure looking like some of the best players in the game are not excited about that option.