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Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 4:17 pm
Clayton Kershaw

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw added the National League Cy Young Award to his pitching Triple Crown on Thursday, beating Phillies' right-hander Roy Halladay to win his first Cy Young.

The 23-year-old Kershaw led the National League with 21 wins, a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. He also led the league with a 0.977 WHIP, was named to his first All-Star team and won the Gold Glove -- in all, a pretty good year. He received 27 of the 32 first-place votes in voting done by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Halladay received four first-place votes, while fourth-place finisher Ian Kennedy received the other. Halladay's teammate, Cliff Lee, finished third, but didn't receive a first-place vote.

Halladay, 34, missed out on his third Cy Young Award, winning it in 2010 for the Phillies and in 2003 while in Toronto. Halladay went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA and 208 strikeouts, leading the league with eight complete games. He also led the National League in ERA+ with a 164. ERA+ measures a pitcher's ERA against the league average and takes park factors into effect.

Three Phillies finished in the top fiive, with left-hander Cole Hamels finishing fifth. In all, four Giants received votes, with Tim Lincecum finishing sixth, Matt Cain eighth and Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong tying for 11th with one fifth-place vote each.

In the end, though, it came down to Kershaw and Halladay. Either was a good choice, but Kershaw's Triple Crown may have pushed him over the top. He was one of the bright spots -- along with Matt Kemp -- of a pretty dark year for the Dodgers. Even though Kershaw made his first All-Star team with a 9-4 record and 3.03 ERA in the first half, he won the Cy Young in the second half, when he went 12-2 with a 1.31 ERA. He also dominated at Dodger Stadium, going 12-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 16 starts at home, with his only home loss coming on April 16, his second home start of the season.

"I always dreamed about playing in the big leagues. I never dreamed about doing anything special in the big leagues. I don't think any kid ever does," Kershaw said. "The people I'm now associated with, just by having this award, is something that I never thought would ever happen."

It is the 10th time a Dodgers pitcher has won the award, joining three-time winner Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale, Mike Marshall, Fernando Valezuela, Orel Hershiser and Eric Gagne. Being left-handed, the comparisons to Koufax have naturally come up, though Kershaw said he was uncomfortable with the comparison.

"I'm still uncomfortable with it. I don't want to have any disrespect for Mr. Koufax. He did it for a long time. He won a lot of awards and he won World Series. He threw no-hitters. Just a lot of things I'm not anywhere close to accomplishing yet," Kershaw said. "I have tremendous respect for him and would never want to ever put myself in the same category as him." 

Previous Cy Young Award winners.

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Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:27 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

I'm not a Dodgers fan, but I am very happy that Kershaw won this award. I had Ian Kennedy and Kershaw as my 1-2 in the voting but I guess Ian's post season play (or lack of) went into account for him finishing fourth. Good job by the voters on making the right call and giving the award to Clayton! To put up the numbers that he did game in and game out with the Dodgers is amazing.  My best wishes go out to the Dodger Nation!

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:27 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

Those of us who bleed Dodger blue do have a little "light at the end of the tunnel" (and this time it's not a train waiting to run us over).  First, we're getting rid of the worst owner in the history of professional sports.  Kemp's on board for awhile, and Kershaw's at the top.  If we can just get some decent ownership (O'Malley, please come back), we just might turn this around.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:18 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

Congratulations Kershaw, you definitely were a glimmer of hope for the future on the dodgers this season, now hopefully we can build around you an kemp and get going again!  THere should have been no competition here, Kershaw was winner hands down.

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:16 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

There gonna be alot of nonsenical remarks from East Coast biased, It's always Sunny, Phillie fanatics, but it's all nonsense. Kershaw won 21 games pitching for the Dodgers! The Dodgers who, with the exception of soon to be MVP Kemp ( also fully deserved ) were a triple AAA lineup, EVERY FREAKIN' NIGHT!!! Defensively they were also a joke. If Kershaw gave up 2 runs, his night was over - thats pressure. He afced Linecum and beat him 4 times, all by HOF like pitching lines ( if anything I feel sorry for Linecum, had he won all 4, he would have had another Cy Young like season. Congrats from a once diehard Dodger fan, who now only watches when this guy pitches.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:16 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

As a Phillies fan and a huge Roy Halladay fan, I am glad to see that they got this right.  Kershaw was more deserving this year.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:13 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

Congrats Clayton on the first of hopefully many Cy Young awards! You had an amazing season and Ienjoyed watching you pitch!

Congrats it is well deserved! 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:08 pm

Clayton Kershaw wins NL Cy Young Award

Congrats to Kershaw and Dodgers fans.  Finally something uplifting for that organization.

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