In sad news out of Dodger Stadium on Sunday, the Dodgers confirmed Clayton Kershaw’s mother, Marianne, passed away over the weekend. Ellen Kershaw actually revealed the news on Saturday at a dedication of a Dodgers Dreamfield in Inglewood, Calif.
Clayton was originally set to be at the dedication but Marianna passed away that morning.
“Clayton grew up with a baseball in his hand ready to play a game in a sandlot or on a ballfield just like this one on a moment’s notice,” Ellen Kershaw said on Saturday. “One person in particular cultivated that love in Clayton, his dear momma Marianne, who moved mountains to get him to baseball practice and games. She sat front row cheering him on — not so subtly — and kept score in a book to keep her nerves at bay.
So today we dedicate this field to his mom who passed and went to be with the Lord this morning. She experienced no greater joy than watching her son grow into the man, the philanthropist, the father, and the ballplayer that he is today.
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Despite the heavy heart, Dave Roberts said Kershaw will still take his next turn in the rotation on Tuesday against the Twins at Dodger Stadium. After that, he may end up missing a turn while on the bereavement list.
“I’m sure this is a day that he has a heavy heart,” Roberts said on Sunday. “When you’re dealing with the passing of a parent, that’s up there as tough as it gets.”
Rookie pitcher Gavin Stone was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday with no reason given by the team. He could end up taking Kershaw’s turn in the rotation.
Our thoughts go out to Clayton and his family during this difficult time.