Kershaw took home a handful of honors, culminating in winning the National League Cy Young and MVP award. It was the first time an NL pitcher took home the award since 1968. The left-hander’s recognition isn’t over as he shares his latest award with a fellow Southern California MVP.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Kershaw has taken home an award that is Los Angeles-based:
Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout named Sportsmen of the Year by Los Angeles Sports Council.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) January 7, 2015
Trout was the American League MVP, after being the runner-up each of the two seasons before. Much was made of the SoCal duo, especially when the Dodgers faced the Angels during the season. Trout may have had the worst season of his short career, but without a healthy Miguel Cabrera in the race, he finally got the MVP award he was lacking. He hit .286 with 36 home runs and 111 RBIs, but also led the league with 184 strikeouts at the plate.
For Kershaw, it’s just another award for his 21-3, 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeout performance this season. He led the league in wins, ERA, ERA+, FIP, WHIP and winning percentage. Despite missing a month at the beginning of the year, the 26-year-old still had one of the most dominant seasons by a pitcher in recent memory. It is the second time Kershaw has won the award from the LA Sports Council, taking home the prize in 2011. That was the year he won hist first Cy Young award.
The pair will be honored during the 10th Annual LA Sports Awards, presented by Coca-Cola, which will be held on Sunday, March 15 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.