Clayton Kershaw made history in recent days as he first became the youngest pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards and followed that the next day with his first career MVP Award. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace is the first NL pitcher to win MVP since St. Louis Cardinal’s hurler Bob Gibson in 1968.
Including the franchise’s time in Brooklyn, the Dodgers organization has 11 MVP awards. Prior to Kershaw winning the award in 2014, Kirk Gibson was the last Dodger named MVP in 1988, which coincides with the organization’s last World Series title.
Kershaw finished the regular season leading the Majors in a handful of pitching statistics that included, wins, winning percentage, WHIP, ERA and ERA+. Among his other accomplishments in 2014 were his first career no-hitter, 11-game winning streak and 41 consecutive scoreless innings.
As part of their congratulatory messages for Kershaw, the Dodgers released the following video that highlights some of his moments on the mound:
While Kershaw was certainly a dominant pitcher, he also made an impact with his defense, bat and baserunning, as seen in the video below: