Freddie Freeman actually played a role when Brian Snitker named Clayton Kershaw the starting pitcher for the National League team at the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
While the American League and National League starting rosters and reserve lists were announced well before the MLB All-Star Game on July 19, it was unknown who would take the mound for either team in the first inning. The day before, it was revealed by Atlanta Braves and NL All-Star team manager Brian Snitker that Dodgers is an ace Clayton Kershaw makes the start for the team. But how did Kershaw find out?
As it turns out, Snitker named his former Braves star and current Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. When he answered the phone, Snitker asked to speak to Kershaw. Freeman then handed him the phone in the coach’s room.
Brian Snitker called Freddie Freeman to tell Clayton Kershaw that he was the starter for the NL All-Star Team
Freeman confirmed that his former manager called him and handed the phone to Kershaw. He also spoke about how special it would be to watch Kershaw start the All-Star Game at his home stadium. You can listen to Freeman’s comments in the tweet below, courtesy of Spectrum Sportsnet’s Nikki Kay.
Kershaw has never had a chance to start an All-Star Game in his last eight appearances. But now he has a chance to do so at the stadium he has called home throughout his 14-year career.
He signed a one-year, $17 million contract to return to the Dodgers for the 2022 season, but will become a free agent thereafter. It remains to be seen how he decides on his future.
This season, Kershaw recorded a 2.13 ERA, a .907 WHIP, 75 strikeouts and 12 walks through 71.2 innings (12 starts).
As you talk about Kershaw getting his first All-Star Game entry, never forget that Snitker had to call Freeman to get in touch and break him the news.
https://fansided.com/2022/07/18/freddie-freeman-role-clayton-kershaw-all-star-start/ How Freddie Freeman Played A Role In Clayton Kershaw’s All-Star Starting Nick