Early March 2023 will see the start of the World Baseball Classic, and Team USA is prepared with a number of A-list athletes. A few players that are “All In” for the WBC include Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado, and Paul Goldschmidt.
When questioned about the idea of pitching for Team USA, veteran Dodger Clayton Kershaw said he would be returning to the team’s blue for the 2023 season.
Recently, teammates Mookie Betts and Will Smith declared they will participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. The USA put together an absurd amount of skill, but the weapons are being questioned.
They only have Merrill Kelly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, David Bednar of the Pirates, Dillion Tate of the Orioles, and Devin Williams of the Brewers at the moment.
Kershaw would immediately establish himself as Team USA’s ace and add yet another celebrity name and potential. The 34-year-old chose not to compete in 2017 and has never pitched for his nation in a World Baseball Classic.
While it would be fantastic to witness Kersh pitch for his nation, there is a chance that he may sustain an injury. His back has been a persistent injury concern over the past two seasons. It would be amazing to see Clayton add a gold medal to his collection after his Hall of Fame career.
I wouldn’t be opposed to Kershaw’s desire to represent his nation in these international contests and play with his colleagues and other elite players in the league.