Clayton Kershaw’s worry about a December World Series isn’t what you think

Nobody knows when baseball will be back, but the longer coronavirus delays the start of the MLB season, the greater the likelihood the World Series will have to be held deep into November or possibly even December.

The obvious concern with that is possibly playing for a championship in frigid temperatures, but that’s not why Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw has reservations about the season extending that far into the calendar.

“I’m all for playing as many games as we can, I just, I think once you start getting into playing longer in the year, that starts affecting next year,” Kershaw recently told AM 570 radio. “I think you get a little risky the further you go into the season. I think obviously expanding it maybe a couple of weeks on the back end, but, man, you go any further than that you start talking about Thanksgiving, December, for a World Series. That gets a little iffy in my opinion.”

Kershaw, 32, stressed the importance of having a full offseason to recover from the previous season. The three-time Cy Young winner — whose Dodgers have made seven straight postseasons and lost in the 2017 and ’18 World Series — would be fine with doubleheaders to get in as many games as possible, and he also feels teams wouldn’t need much more of a spring training once MLB gets the all-clear to resume activities.

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“I think if all starting pitchers came back whenever that was with the mindset that we have the ability to throw three innings right out of the gate, you would only need 20 days,” Kershaw said. “Twenty days would get you four starts and that would go three, four, five six (innings) and you’d be ready for the season. Especially that coupled with expanded rosters, hopefully they give us a few extra guys, maybe alleviate some of those innings early. There’s ways you can do it to where you can get back to playing games that are meaningful faster. That’s better for everybody. That’s better for fans, better for owners, better for players. I think as players we need to have the mindset that we can get ready in 21 days, three weeks, and go from there.”

MLB and the players union finalized an agreement on Friday that will see the league give $170 million to be paid out to 40-man roster players, money which will cover the first two months of what was supposed to be the start of the baseball season. The two sides have an understanding that there will be an attempt to play as many regular-season games as possible.

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