Clayton Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young Award
THE BIG APPLE – Clayton Kershaw has two Cy Young Awards by age 25 and one runner-up end. He just posted baseball’s lowest ERA in 13 years and have become the third pitcher since 1900 to steer the majors in that category for 3 consecutive seasons.
This is one other one: $300 million.
Scuttlebutt is, that is how a lot the Los Angeles Dodgers is perhaps offering to maintain him from turning into a free agent.
So when Kershaw was asked a couple of new contract Wednesday, his family and mates were prepared. They walked proper into the digital camera shot on MLB Community to engulf him with hugs and high-fives in a welcome interruption.
It was higher support than he often acquired from Dodgers hitters.
“That was perfect timing. I do not know the way that occurred, however it was great. I didn’t should reply the query,” Kershaw stated about an hour in a while a conference name from his Dallas residence.
“Not my doing. It was simply coincidence.”
Kershaw received the NL Cy Younger Award for the second time in three seasons Wednesday, coming within one vote of a unanimous selection. Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers breezed to the American League prize, chosen first on 28 of 30 ballots.
One yr after he was runner-up to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Kershaw practically shut out the competition.
The left-hander with the massive-breaking curve obtained 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one poll.
“It’s just a whirlwind of feelings immediately,” Kershaw mentioned. “Whether you anticipate to win or you don’t, just to hear your title referred to as, it does something to you… It truly is fairly particular and I positively do not take that without any consideration.”
Kershaw is eligible at no cost company after next season. So if the Dodgers plan to maintain him, it is most likely going to cost them in a protracted-time period deal.
“I do love L.A. I actually assume we will win there, too,” Kershaw mentioned. “We’ll just see what happens. It’s form of an open book right now.”
Kershaw went 16-9 for the NL West champions this 12 months and led the league with 232 strikeouts. His 1.83 ERA was the most effective in the majors since Pedro Martinez’s 1.seventy four for Boston in 2000.
It is that sort of dominance that attracts comparisons to a different Los Angeles lefty: Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.
“I believe Sandy would agree, I am just trying to be me,” Kershaw stated. “I’m not trying to live up to these expectations because I don’t suppose anybody can.
“I don’t want to disrespect his legacy.”
Kershaw’s win marked the report eleventh time a Dodgers pitcher has won the Cy Young because the award was first presented in 1956.
Koufax, who won 3 times and remains pitching royalty, has developed a friendship with Kershaw.
“Congratulations to Clayton on an amazing 12 months and a most deserving Cy Young honor,” Koufax stated in a statement. “That is the second of many more to come. He is got quite a future ahead of him.”
Wainwright went 19-9 with a 2.94 PERIOD and finished behind Kershaw. Nonetheless on the lookout for his first Cy Younger Award, the St. Louis proper-hander has been the runner-up twice.
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday.
Miami teenager Jose Fernandez, picked earlier this week because the NL Rookie of the Yr, was third.
“That is such a cool thing. I can’t even clarify what it means to me,” Kershaw said. “It really is a big honor.”
Voting for the Cy Youngs was performed earlier than the playoffs began. Kershaw went 1-zero in two sharp starts against Atlanta within the division collection, then lost twice to St. Louis in the NL championship sequence. The Cardinals tagged him in a 9-zero romp in the clinching Recreation 6.
“We got here up quick. I did not pitch the way in which I ought to have within the last sport,” he said.
Kershaw has been an All-Star the previous three seasons and put up eye-popping statistics. He mentioned the one thing left for him to do is win the World Collection.
“I need that ring,” he stated.
But first, he and his spouse, Ellen, are headed back to Africa this month to proceed their in depth charity work there.
Scherzer went 21-3 and was a straightforward pick as the American League’s prime pitcher.
Similar to Kershaw, Scherzer can develop into a free agent after the 2014 season, and the Tigers try to figure out if they will afford him along with all their other stars such as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. That is prompted discuss they may trade Scherzer earlier than opening day.
“I like it right here in Detroit,” Scherzer mentioned on a conference name. “Who wouldn’t wish to be part of this?”
“The enterprise aspect will take care of itself,” he said. “It actually depends on what Detroit needs to do.”
Scherzer and agent Scott Boras said they’re open to talking to the Tigers about an extension.
Scherzer was the lone 20-sport winner in baseball this season. He ranked second in the majors with 240 strikeouts and was fifth within the AL with a 2.90 PERIOD.
The 29-yr-outdated righty smiled and raised both arms when the Cy Younger outcomes were announced.
“It is unbelievable. It simply vindicates everything I’ve finished,” Scherzer mentioned, acknowledging all the run help he acquired from Detroit’s highly effective lineup in all probability helped his candidacy.
“I have been working so hard all these years to get better and higher,” he added. “I believe I took a big step ahead in 2013.”
Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was second, marking the highest finish by a Japanese-born pitcher in Cy Younger voting. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners got here in third.
The AL and NL Most Useful Participant awards can be offered Thursday.