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Kershaw wins 2011 CY YOUNG AWARD!

Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:23 pm

It definitely took the triple crown to win the Cy Young Award.  Clayton Kershaw could easily had come in 2nd or 3rd place in the voting if he had not tied for 1st in wins or if he came in 2nd or 3rd in ERA or Ks.  It is extremely difficult to win this award.  Many deserving pitchers place in the top 5 in voting year in and year out and never win it.  I believe that Clayton Kershaw will get even better as he matures physically and gains experience.  He may never win another Cy Young Award but he has the POTENTIAL to win a few more.  What Kershaw has accomplished at such a young age and with only 3 full seasons in the major leagues is AMAZING. 

When players accomplish individual feats of excellence people also give credit to coaches, mentors, and others.  I'm not saying that the Dodgers have a poor coaching staff (in the majors and minors) but I can't help but think that Kershaw has done this pretty much all by himself, aside from a good upbringing and work ethic provided by his parents.

He just seemed very focused and discipline from the BEGINNING!!  He had a composure and consistency in his demeanor that you don't see very often in young athletes.  He's been a role model off and on the field since he first came up to the bigs as a 20 year old MANBecause we all know there are 20 somethings and 30 somethings in professional sports that are not yet MEN

I remember the Dodgers celebrating in the clubhouse that year and he couldn't fully participate because he was under legal drinking age.  It just hit me that this guy was a solid member of the starting rotation of a winning big league team at such a young age.

I wish Kershaw the best.  I hope he wins a lot of games for the Dodgers before he retires.  I hope he wins a championship or two with the Dodgers.  I hope he stays humble and remains a good teammate.  I hope he continues to play for himself, his team and for the "LOVE" of the game and not for MONEY.

Kershaw is a player and a person that makes me proud to say that I am a Dodgers fan.

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