Although he would likely trade in the personal accolades and awards for a World Series ring, Clayton Kershaw continues to earn hardware for the historic season he had in 2014.
Already the recipient of three Players Choice Awards and Player of the Year honors from multiple publications, Kershaw added the 2014 Warren Spahn Award to his haul on Thursday. As always, Kershaw was humble in his receiving another award:
It is an honor to be the recipient of the 2014 Warren Spahn Award,” Kershaw said. “I’m humbled to be recognized by the Bricktown Rotary Club again this year – the prestige of this award isn’t lost on me. I am also grateful for the opportunity to play alongside so many awesome teammates who provide the support and confidence for me to do my job. Warren Spahn was a great pitcher with a legendary career. To be recognized in his honor is pretty special. Thank you for the privilege of representing this award for the 2014 baseball season.”
Since 1999, the award has been presented annually to the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. The metrics used to determine the rankings are a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Kershaw led the Majors in ERA for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. The southpaw also recorded the most wins (21) in all of baseball and finished seventh with 239 strikeouts. When taking into account Kershaw missed one month of the season due to injury, his performance in 2014 is all the more impressive.
Kershaw won the Spahn Award in 2011 and 2013, which were years he also took home the NL Cy Young Award. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace can accomplish the same feat this year as he was named a Cy Young finalist on Tuesday.
Only Randy Johnson leads Kershaw with four Warren Spahn Awards, which he won from 1999-2003. Kershaw is now tied for second-most with CC Sabathia.