Congratulations once again to former Highland Park standout Clayton Kershaw, who – to the surprise of absolutely no one – was honored on Wednesday with his third National League Cy Young Award.
The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander previously won the award for the league’s top pitcher in 2011 and 2013, and this season might have been his best yet, which is why the voting was unanimous.
Kershaw, 26, finished with a 21-3 record, a 1.77 earned-run average and 239 strikeouts, despite missing several weeks with a back injury. He also threw a no-hitter on June 18. He becomes just the ninth pitcher in baseball history to win three Cy Young awards, and the youngest ever to accomplish that feat. We could go on and on with the accolades, but let’s just say he’s dominant on the mound.
Kershaw helped the Dodgers win the NL West title, although they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last month by the St. Louis Cardinals, giving him some added motivation heading into next season.