Among the hardware Clayton Kershaw took home was a third Cy Young Award in four years and his first career MVP Award. Joining Kershaw as award winners were Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke, who both won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards; Gonzalez also won a Fielding Bible Award.
Kershaw is among the Los Angeles Dodgers who are nominated for a Social Media Award, with the team also receiving a nomination. Kershaw and Yasiel Puig are finalists in the Stop and Watch category, though arguably for different reasons.
Kershaw was nothing short of dominant and consistent during the 2014 season, whereas Puig was must-see TV due to the notion he was capable of doing something eye-opening at any given moment.
Ever the social-media savant, Puig is also nominated in the Best Instagrammer category. He’s joined by former teammate Hanley Ramirez, who often posted videos of him antagonizing Juan Uribe. As for the Dodgers, their bubble machine celebration is up against the likes of Fernando Rodney’s and Hunter Pence’s ‘YES! YES! YES!’ chant, among others.
Although it doesn’t directly involve a Dodger player, Nick Young’s first pitch at Dodger Stadium is up for Most Memorable First Pitch. For as entertaining as it was, he may have difficulty overcoming a 105-year-old woman and/or 50 Cent’s that sailed wide.
One category Puig and Ramirez are strangely absent from is Best Videobomd. During a road game in which both stars were on the bench, they used the opportunity to videobomb TWC SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo during one of her dugout reports.
Voting via Twitter and Facebook ends Dec. 7 with the winners announced Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. PT on MLB Network.