The Los Angeles Dodgers finally came out on top in an award this week. Phenom Yasiel Puig lost out to Jose Fernandez of the Marlins for NL Rookie of the Year and was followed by Don Mattingly finishing second in NL Manager of the Year voting to Clint Hurdle of the Pirates earlier this week.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young award and it was a formality as the season winded down. This is Kershaw’s second Cy Young Award in the past three seasons after winning the award in 2011. He was by far the best pitcher in baseball, going 16-9 with a 1.93 ERA and 232 strikeouts in 33 starts this season.
Kershaw received 29 first place votes and this gives the Dodgers organization their 11th Cy Young award from eight different pitchers. One lone writer gave a first place vote to Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Not only did Kershaw take home the Cy Young this afternoon, but he won the Players’ Choice for NL Outstanding Pitcher of the Year a week ago.
His excellence on the mound is setting him up nicely for a long-term contract as it was reported on two occasions this season that he and the Dodgers were closing in on a deal. However, Kershaw was quick to say tonight that there aren’t any active talks with the Dodgers as they look to lock up their ace.
Dodgers Nation News:
Clayton Kershaw, $300 million man [Baseball Nation]
Plus and minuses of mega-deal for Kershaw [ESPN LA]
Dodgers expected to exceed luxury-tax again [LA Times]
Brian Wilson won’t shave his beard for the Yankees [Hardball Talk]
Dodgers should keep Matt Kemp [Yahoo]
Max Scherzer wins the 2013 AL Cy Young Award [MLB.com]
Max Scherzer open to Tigers extension [ESPN]
St. Louis discussing a deal involving David Freese [SB Nation]
Texas Rangers going after Brian McCann hard [Hardball Talk]
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