Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has some concerns about pushing the World Series back too far in the calendar.  Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball wants to play as many games as possible when it starts play after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. That could push the World Series back quite late in the calendar year, and it may not be popular.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw told “Lunchtime with Roggin and Rodney” on AM 570 LA Sports that he thinks a World Series in late November or December would be “iffy” and could negatively impact the 2021 season.

“I think once you start getting into playing longer in the year, that starts affecting next year. I think you get a little risky the further you go in the season,” Kershaw said, via Mark Townsend of Yahoo Sports. “I think expanding it maybe a couple weeks on the back end, but if you go any further than that, you start talking about Thanksgiving and December for a World Series, that gets a little iffy, in my opinion.”

Thanksgiving has been cited as just about the latest MLB would be willing to conclude the 2020 World Series, but even that pushes Kershaw’s timeline. 

What we don’t know is whether other players share his view, but that’s the agreement that the league and the MLBPA reached. Ultimately, much will be dictated by when the 2020 season actually starts, if it begins at all.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


  COMMENTS

The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Emailed daily. Always FREE!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Can you name the pitchers with the most Opening Day starts for every MLB team?

Answers only include starts for teams in their current iterations. Starts for franchises that relocated, such as the Montreal Expos or Brooklyn Dodgers, were not included in the list below. 

SCORE:
0/45
TIME:
6:00
ARZ / 6 / #51 / 2004
Randy Johnson
ATL / 8 / #35 / 1983
Phil Niekro
BAL / 6 / #22 / 1980
Jim Palmer
BAL / 6 / #35 / 2000
Mike Mussina
BOS / 8 / #21 / 1996
Roger Clemens
CHC / 7 / #31 / 1983
Ferguson Jenkins
CHW / 9 / #56 / 2011
Mark Buehrle
CIN / 6 / #36 / 1988
Mario Soto
CLE / 7 / #19 / 1949
Bob Feller
COL / 2 / #30 / 1997
Kevin Ritz
COL / 2 / #57 / 1999
Darryl Kile
COL / 2 / #10 / 2002
Mike Hampton
COL / 2 / #32 / 2006
Jason Jennings
COL / 2 / #28 / 2009
Aaron Cook
COL / 2 / #38 / 2011
Ubaldo Jimenez
COL / 2 / #29 / 2016
Jorge De La Rosa
COL / 2 / #55 / 2018
Jon Gray
DET / 11 / #47 / 1990
Jack Morris
HOU / 8 / #44 / 2010
Roy Oswalt
KC / 7 / #55, #17 / 1999
Kevin Appier
LAA / 7 / #36 / 2015
Jered Weaver
LAD / 8 / #22 / 2018
Clayton Kershaw
MIA / 3 / #21 / 2005
Josh Beckett
MIA / 3 / #55 / 2012
Josh Johnson
MIL / 6 / #15 / 2008
Ben Sheets
MIN / 9 / #22 / 2005
Brad Radke
NYM / 11 / #41 / 1983
Tom Seaver
NYY / 7 / #16 / 1966
Whitey Ford
NYY / 7 / #30 / 1974
Mel Stottlemyre
NYY / 7 / #49 / 1986
Ron Guidry
OAK / 6 / #34 / 1995
Dave Stewart
PHI / 14 / #32 / 1986
Steve Carlton
PIT / 7 / #19 / 1962
Bob Friend
SD / 4 / #35 / 1980
Randy Jones
SD / 4 / #30 / 1989
Eric Show
SD / 4 / #44 / 2009
Jake Peavy
SEA / 11 / #34 / 2018
Felix Hernandez
SF / 10 / #27 / 1973
Juan Marichal
STL / 10 / #45 / 1975
Bob Gibson
TB / 4 / #33 / 2012
James Shields
TB / 4 / #22 / 2018
Chris Archer
TEX / 6 / #49 / 1989
Charlie Hough
TOR / 7 / #32 / 2009
Roy Halladay
WAS / 4 / #37 / 2017
Stephen Strasburg
WAS / 4 / #31 / 2019
Max Scherzer

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.