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Clayton Kershaw named NL Cy Young Award winner

Nov 13, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

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In what had to be the most obvious choice of this year’s trophy-presenting season, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named Cy Young Award winner for the National League on Wednesday evening. Kershaw beat out fellow finalists Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins in a nearly unanimous vote by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Kershaw got 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes. The other first-place vote went to Wainwright, the runner-up, who also got 15 second-place votes and four third-place votes. Fernandez received nine second-place votes and three third-place votes.

Craig Kimbrel of the Braves and Matt Harvey of the Mets finished tied for fourth place.

Kershaw, 25, registered an outstanding 1.83 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 33 starts this year for the National League West-champion Dodgers, striking out 232 batters and issuing only 52 walks in 236 innings.

This was his second Cy Young Award. He won his first in 2011 and finished second to R.A. Dickey in 2012.

  1. kcroyal - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    He’ll have apporxamently the same salary as the Houston Astros payroll. Amazing.

    • paxnov - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Who would you rather have if you were starting a team? KERSHAW, or all of the Astros?

      • kcroyal - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        No question he’s a badass. Wasn’t trying to knock Kerahaw, just amazes me that a player that plays every fifth game can make as much as an entire organization. Good for him though.

      • km9000 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Given the same payroll, it’d be tough for Kershaw to have no teammates because you literally couldn’t afford to give him any.

      • stex52 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Well, the Astros won 51 games this year. By definition that is a team WAR of -3.0. Kershaw’s WAR (Bref) was +7.8. He deserves more than the entire Astros team.

  2. lew24 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I’m sure Puig cost him that other 1st place vote!

    • paxnov - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      No. Somebody needed to make room for Gyorko on their Cy Young ballot.

      • lew24 - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Good one! Lol!

    • apkyletexas - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Pretty shocking that the voters conspired to shut Puig completely out of contention.

      I’m sure Craig will be leading the charge for a recount and a federal investigation.

      • stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        ha

  3. Jeff M. - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    He’ll have more WAR than all of the Astros combined, as well.

    • Jeff M. - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      That was a response to kcroyal, obviously. Damn phone.

  4. yahmule - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    The guy deserves every good thing that comes his way.

  5. aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Best pitcher in baseball……for now. Soon it will be that Jose Fernandez kid. Cry about it, McCann, I don’t care if you call your little b*tch friend Johnson. Cry babies!

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Man Fernandez is really really good… but Kershaw has been doing it for a few years now. Give Jose a few years and if he keeps it up then we’ll see. I hope so though, these two guys are both fun to watch!

  6. sabatimus - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    That one vote for Wainwright must’ve been someone who doesn’t believe in a unanimous vote. Kershaw was the much better pitcher.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:09 AM

      Either that or a Cardinals writer. No other explanation.

      • stevequinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        The one first pace vote for Waino was cast by the Cincinnati Reds beat writer.

      • stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        The reds writer voted him fourth last year, obviously some kind of petty grudge thing.

    • cohnjusack - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      My guess is that an STL writer voted for Wainwright to help secure 2nd place. Which is douchy and stupid.

      Remember though, Rick Cerone once got a first place MVP vote…while hitting .277/.321/.432….the year George Brett hit .390/.454/.664 Nothing can ever out-doucy or out-stupid that one.

      • bfunk1978 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Wainwright did lead the league in IP and CG. Plus, some writer will look at the “lead the NL in wins” thing as a worthwhile vote. I’m not saying that I would have put Wainwright ahead of Kershaw; I’m just saying there are things that he did…if not better, at least more of. This is not a case of a mid-rotation pitcher who got lucky and got a 1st place vote. He’s another legit ace.

      • stex52 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        The vote for Wainwright was a Cincinnati writer. They announced that last night on MLB.

  7. losanginsight - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    This should be KKKKKKKKKKershaws 3rd Cy Young award in a row but the smart writers selected a Circus Vargas side show last year.

    • cohnjusack - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      The sideshow that lead the league in innings pitched, shutouts, complete games and strikeouts, had a 2.73 ERA and a better K/BB ratio than Kershaw.

      I think Kershaw should have won it, but that was pretty far from the grave injustice you’re making it out to be.

      • dan1111 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Also, Kershaw was playing in front of a better defense and handed games over to a better bullpen than Dickey. Two things outside a pitcher’s control that have an impact on their stats.
        With their numbers so close, it really is a judgment call.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Still damn close as Kershaw had a lower ERA (lowest in the league), a better ERA+ (best in the league again), more strikeouts per 9 innings and fewer hits per 9 innings (again lowest in the league) than Dickey.

        It was very close, could have easily gone to Kershaw.

  8. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    1.83 ERA in 33 starts speaks for itself.

    • stevequinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      When Gibson had a similar ERA, they lowered the mound. Is it time to lower the mound again?

      • bfunk1978 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        1.12 is in no way similar to 1.83. It’s 61% higher. That’s like saying 2.99 is similar to 1.83.

      • stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Different eras bfunk.

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    had he gotten run support in a few of his starts he’d easily have over 20 wins.Hes only 25 people

  10. janessa31888 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Congrats, Almost Birthday Buddy!

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    A great season, but he’s no more an abvious choice than Scherzer in the AL. Both great seasons. I wish I had seen Kershaw when he was with the Great Lakes Loons in 2007. Missed oportunity, there.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

    • stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Actually he is a more obvious choice, he ha a better year and his competitors were weaker.

  12. westcoastredbird - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    He’s still the Cardinals little bitch!!!!! 0-5.

    • jwbiii - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      Huhn?

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=kershcl01&year=Career&t=p#oppon_extra

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      And Cardinals fans are still pretty freaking pathetic. Right? That’s how this part of the thread goes?

  13. cohnjusack - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Poor Wainwright. To be clear, he in no way shape or form deserved this over Kershaw. Kershaw was clearly superior.
    But he’s now twice been the runner-up, and finished 3rd in 2009 (while having the most 1st place votes).

  14. stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    It really is a joke that someone actually thought Wainwright had a better year. Sad case of homerism.

    • stevequinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Homerism? Bernie Miklacz, the STL Post-Dispatch writer who had a CY vote this year, voted for Kershaw. The one first place vote Wainwright received was cast by a Cincinnati sports writer. That was made clear on the MLB Network yesterday.

      • stercuilus65 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Allright… moronisism then.

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