Clayton Kershaw set the gold standard in 2013 yet managed to build on an impressive season to have a historic one in 2014. As a result, Kershaw became the youngest pitcher to win three NL Cy Youngs and the first NL pitcher to win MVP since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Kershaw led the Majors in wins, complete games, WHIP, ERA, ERA+, and other pitching statistics. Opposing batters held a .196 batting average and .289 slugging percentage against Kershaw, which the southpaw nearly matched with his .175 and .206 respective averages.
As was the case when Kershaw was named the NL Cy Young Award winner, his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates again used social media to congratulate the ace of their staff. Retired Dodgers and former manager Tommy Lasorda were also among those to commend Kershaw for his accomplishment.
Sandy Koufax, whom Kershaw is often compared to, had special words for his understudy in a statement released by the team:
Congratulations to Clayton. It’s a special honor to a special pitcher and a special person.”
The Dodgers also released a statement from Don Newcombe:
Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning the 2014 NL MVP Award. There’s no one more deserving of this award and I couldn’t be prouder of this young man.”
— Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) November 14, 2014
Dee Gordon, who received a 10th-place vote for MVP, congratulated both MVPs:
— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) November 14, 2014
Brandon League again incorporated humor in his congratulatory message:
— Brandon League (@BrandonLeague43) November 14, 2014
Free agent Hanley Ramirez who may soon become a former teammate of his:
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) November 14, 2014
Last but certainly not least, the NL MVP expressed his gratitude:
What a night! Can't even explain the feelings from these last two days. Thank you so much for your support. It is deeply appreciated.
— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) November 14, 2014