Clayton Kershaw named 2014 NL MVP

Clayton Kershaw is the NL's Most Valuable Player.
Clayton Kershaw is the NL's Most Valuable Player. (USATSI)

One day after winning the NL Cy Young Award, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has been named the 2014 NL Most Valuable Player, the BBWAA announced. He received 18 of 30 first place votes.

Kershaw is the first pitcher to be named MVP since Justin Verlander (2011) and the first NL pitcher to be named MVP since Bob Gibson (1968). He's the 11th pitcher to be win MVP and Cy Young in the same season.

The 26-year-old Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in only 27 starts this year after missing April with a back issue. He led MLB in 44 categories, including wins, ERA, ERA+ (197), FIP (1.81), WHIP (0.86) and strikeout rate (10.8 K/9).

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton finished second in the voting. He received eight first place votes. Pirates outfielder and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen finished third. The full voting results can be seen at the BBWAA's site.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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