Dodgers Briefing: Kershaw, Lux two perspectives on playing in Arizona
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Hey, Dodger fans! It’s been 38 days since Major League Baseball suspended baseball field operations. Let’s get you caught up on all of the latest news about the Dodgers and Major League Baseball from Sunday, April 19, 2020.
The top stories you need to know.
1. Clayton Kershaw and Gavin Lux on playing under quarantine
As Major League Baseball continues to monitor guidance from health experts and public health officials in deciding whether a 2020 season can be played, and how it would need to look, recent quotes from Dodgers veteran Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux offer a view into the complexities the player’s union faces in coalescing their members around a common plan.
“We all want to play baseball. I get that; I want to play baseball too,” Kershaw said to the Los Angeles Times. “But there is something about being in the big leagues and you can’t compromise that. Playing in spring training stadiums and quarantining for months without your family and certain things like that, I don’t think that’s doable if you’re talking about doing it for four to five months.”
Kershaw is married with three children, one born this past January. He has already made millions of dollars. He is a Hall-of-Famer, even if he stopped playing baseball today.
Meanwhile, Gavin Lux, a young second baseman who is spending his free time playing as the Dodgers participant in MLB The Show instead of chasing around little kids, offered a different opinion about the Arizona plan.
“For me, it’s not a big deal. I would definitely do it,” Lux told the Los Angeles Times.
However, the top prospect understands why his opinion would be different than some of his teammates.
“But you got to look at both ends of the spectrum with guys with families,” Lux told LA Times reporter Jorge Castillo. “I would completely understand if you didn’t want to do that and be away from your kids and your wife.”
2. Former Dodger minor leaguer starts bench-clearing fight in Taiwan
A day after former Dodger Chin-lung Hu made history for the Fubon Guardians in the Chinese Professional Basketball League by becoming the fastest player to reach 1000 hits (706 games), another member of the Fubon club who spent time in the Dodgers organization made headlines on Sunday.
Pitcher Henry Sosa, who started seven games as a Dodger minor leaguer for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2013, set-off a bench-clearing shoving match after throwing consecutive pitches inside to Rakuten Monkeys hitter Kuo Yen-Wen, finally hitting him on the final pitch before dugouts cleared and met in the infield.