Ryan Raburn

Dodgers have no chance without Clayton Kershaw, yet they risk antagonizing him

Dodgers have no chance without Clayton Kershaw, yet they risk antagonizing him

Clayton Kershaw remains the Dodgers’ single most important player, his value to the franchise confirmed once again in a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Without him, the Dodgers would have been swept this week at Dodger Stadium. And without him, they stand no chance of winning the World Series in October.

So why are they antagonizing him?

The Dodgers shouldn’t be picking fights with their players, much less their ace, but that’s what’s happening here.

They traded A.J. Ellis last season, separating Kershaw from the catcher of his choice. They are now looking to modify how they use him, asking him to temper the instincts that have made him the best...

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