Clayton Kershaw, 32, the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers, showed a negative attitude toward the game-winning game introduced in the Major League Baseball (MLB) this season.
Kershaw started the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 10 (Korean time). Kershaw walked out of the mound with four hits, three strikeouts, two walks, and four runs (3 earned runs) in five innings amid a double whammy of poor ball control and defensive errors. The team won 6-4 against Arizona after two consecutive days of overtime.
In a post-game interview, Kershaw complained about the game-winning system. In the midst of a shortened season caused by a new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) this season, MLB introduced a game-winning game that starts with a runner on second base when it enters extra time. It was to relieve the fatigue of the players by blocking long games.
However, there are some players who have expressed dissatisfaction with this. Mike Clevinzer (San Diego) criticized the win-win system through his SNS account when he was with the Cleveland Indians. “The new overtime rule is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Clebinger said. “Do you know how difficult it is for the bullpen to start with a runner on second base?”
Kershaw also showed that the game-winning system is not a big deal. In an interview, Kershaw said, “(Winning) is not a real baseball,” and pointed out that the game is far from traditional baseball.
Kershaw acknowledged the introduction of the game this season. Kershaw said, “It’s okay (to play a game) this year,” and understood that it was an inevitable choice under special circumstances. However, Kershaw said, “I hope we will not implement such a system again,” and insisted that the game should be a temporary measure.
Kershaw blamed himself for the result, saying it was just not good. Kershaw said, “The fastball control didn’t go as I wanted. The slider wasn’t very good either,” he said. At the same time, he said, “A strong ball made by Arizona was one of Tim Locastro’s three-base hits in the second inning,” adding, “I don’t think it was a bad pitch overall.”