In what many predicted would take place, Clayton Kershaw won his third career Cy Young Award in four years. While Kershaw’s adding another personal award to his collection was expected, the fact that it was a unanimous decision was not.
Kershaw is the first unanimous Cy Young Award winner since Justin Verlander in 2011 and he’s the first unanimous Los Angeles Dodgers selection since Orel Hershisher (1988). Kershaw also became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to win three Cy Youngs and he joins Sandy Koufax as the lone Dodgers to win the award three times.
Along with the Cy Young, Kershaw was named Player of the Year by multiple publications and he may put a final bow on his historic 2014 season with an MVP award Thursday.
Kershaw was congratulated over social media on Wednesday, including tweets from multiple teammates beginning with Scott Van Slyke:
Congrats Kersh!! Never a doubt
— ScottVanSlyke (@ScottVanSlick) November 12, 2014
The Australian Baseball League also congratulated the Dodger ace with a reminder of where the Dodgers’ 2014 began:
— ABL (@ABLeague) November 12, 2014
Brandon League used the opportunity to poke fun at Kershaw’s friends:
— Brandon League (@BrandonLeague43) November 13, 2014
After just one season with the Dodgers, Justin Turner had high praise for Kershaw:
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) November 12, 2014
Free agent Paul Maholm also views Kershaw in high regard:
Congrats @ClaytonKersh22 on winning the best pitcher on the planet. What a season and awesome to see the day in day out prep.
— paul maholm (@paul_maholm) November 13, 2014
— Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) November 13, 2014
Last but certainly not least, part owner Magic Johnson was another to weigh in:
Dodger Fans, we are so blessed to have the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, playing for our @Dodgers!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 13, 2014