The decision is Manager
“I don’t know,” Kershaw said. “That’s Donnie’s call. I love throwing to A.J. Obviously, I’ve had some success doing that.”
Asked if he wanted a personal catcher, Kershaw replied, “I can’t answer that. I can’t answer that.”
Kershaw reported to the
Ellis caught the majority of Kershaw’s starts and is one of the left-hander’s closest friends on the team. But the 26-year-old Grandal is more than seven years younger than Ellis and is considered a superior offensive player.
Mattingly has previously said he feels uncomfortable designating personal catchers.
Kershaw said he didn't expect to encounter any problems in developing a relationship with Grandal.
“I’ve had a lot of different guys come through here,” Kershaw said. “I’ve had a lot of good ones, from
Kershaw returned to Arizona as a first-time father, as his wife gave birth to their daughter last month. He called the experience “a game-changer.”
The family addition capped an eventful off-season that included him winning the
“It’s fun to celebrate,” he said. “Who knows? I might not get to win those awards again, so you don’t want to just have the postseason deter from what you accomplished.”
That said, Kershaw acknowledged his season didn’t end how he wanted, as the Dodgers were eliminated by the
"For reminding me you're never as good as you think you are," he said at the time.