Dodgers’ ace and NL Cy Young award front-runner Clayton Kershaw was named the 2013 Warren Spahn Award recipient, presented annually to baseball’s best left-handed pitcher.
Spahn holds the MLB record for most career wins as a left-handed pitcher with 363 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
According to the Warren Spahn Award committee, presented by Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Rotary Club, Kershaw was simply the best left-hander in the game this season:
Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw for winning the 2013 The Warren Spahn Award
— Warren Spahn Award (@SpahnAward) October 11, 2013
This will be the second time Kershaw won the award as also took it home in 2011. The award is based on a pitcher’s wins, strikeouts and earned run average all in which Kershaw has excelled in.
Kershaw finished the season with a 16-9 record, 232 strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA and is the first pitcher since Greg Maddux, who did it in 1993-1995, to lead the major leagues in ERA for three consecutive years.
It is such an honor to represent Warren Spahn and his many accomplishments on the mound. Thank you to the Bricktown Rotary Club for awarding me this prestigious honor. I’m ever so grateful for your ongoing support. Lord willing, I look forward to being a good steward of all this award embodies.
It’s been a year of awards for Kershaw as he also took home the Branch Rickey award and is a finalist for the MLBPA award for best player in baseball. Hopefully, Kershaw and the Dodgers are taking home more trophies and awards at the end of October as their quest for a World Series begins again tonight.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!