The Los Angeles Dodgers had two more representatives selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium as Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were added among National League pitchers.
For Kershaw, it’s his ninth career All-Star Game selection. “I’m going to try to take it all in as best I can,” he said.
“I think as the years go by you start to appreciate things a little bit more. So every time I get to pitch at Dodger Stadium, every time we get a win, every time something significant happens, I try to take it in a little bit more now because you never know when it will be the last time.
“That’s no different with this All-Star Game. I’m super excited about it. It really will be cool to do one at home. It’s just a special place for me personally and to get to do that in front of the home crowd will be really cool.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Kershaw and Gonsolin into his office prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs to inform him of the decision, and the 34-year-old was excited.
“Honestly, I don’t remember,” Kershaw answered when asked if he had a similar reaction to past All-Star Game selections. “I think no matter how many times you’ve made an All-Star team, it doesn’t take away the significance of it.
“You’re playing with a group of your peers that are considered the best in the world at what they do. To be considered as one of those is really special. That’s not lost on me. Maybe this time around I do understand a little bit more, so maybe a little bit more excited.
“I think also how I get to share it with people. Charley, this is kind of the first year for him that he’s really been around the clubhouse and really hung out a little bit more. So for him to get to watch a Home Run Derby as a six year old, it will be pretty cool.”
Support mounting for Kershaw to start 2022 MLB All-Star Game
There has been recent support to have Kershaw start his first career All-Star Game, particularly with the event being at Dodger Stadium.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner would welcome the opportunity, but so long as Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker makes a starter decision on merit.
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