The 2013 Players Choice Awards were presented today and Clayton Kershaw received the National League Outstanding Pitcher award. Only the players vote for these awards, which is a testament to the respect Kershaw has earned amongst his peers. Kershaw finished the season 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and is the leading candidate to receive the NL Cy Young for the second time in three years.
The other candidates for the award were Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, but it’s difficult to argue against the most dominant pitcher in MLB. Kershaw was also a finalist for the MLB Player of the Year award, but was beaten out by Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers .
Heading into the off-season, the Dodgers hope Kershaw can continue to rack up the accolades in a Dodger uniform and are hopeful to re-sign the lefty to a long-term deal. At 25, Kershaw will continue to be dominant for a long time and hopefully he can add a few World Series rings to go along with his plethora of awards.
The Dodgers are poised to make another run at the World Series next year and hopefully they can stay healthy and make a few off-season acquisitions to improve this ball club.
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