On a day that began with Clayton Kershaw adding to his collection of honors for his performance in 2014 ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace receiving more recognition.
Kershaw was nominated for four Major League Baseball Player Association Awards — Player of the Year, Marvin Miller Man of the Year, National League Outstanding Player and NL Outstanding Pitcher.
The first award Kershaw was named the winner of was NL Outstanding Pitcher, which he won for the third time in his career. For as great as Kershaw was on the field, his efforts off the field were acknowledged as he also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
Kershaw lost to Giancarlo Stanton for NL Outstanding Player, but finished the night with a third award — Player of the Year.
Kershaw led the Majors in multiple statistical categories, including becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to win four consecutive ERA titles. The southpaw missed one month of the regular season in what wound up being somewhat of a blessing in disguise.
The missed time resulted in Kershaw failing to pitch 200 innings in a season for the first time since 2009. That being said, the Dodger ace narrowly missed it as he threw 198.1 innings, which in a sense is attributed to his MLB-best six complete games.
Thus far, Kerhaw was also named the Player of the Year by Baseball America, FanGraphs and Sporting News. He’s nominated for a Gold Glove and is largely believed to be the front runner for both the NL Cy Young Award and NL MVP.
Given the way Kershaw’s season ended, the multiple awards he’s won are a bittersweet reminder of how special 2014 was on an individual level.