Clayton Kershaw won a bunch of awards last season and Monday he got the first of what will, likely, be a bunch more he’ll take home this year.
The 26-year-old was honored before Monday night’s game with the organization’s Roy Campanella Award, given to the player that exemplifies the Hall of Fame catcher’s spirit and leadership on and off the field.
It’s Kershaw’s second straight year winning the award.
He’s also a finalist for both the Roberto Clemente and Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards, both of which recognize a player for his on and off the field contributions.
Kershaw won the Roberto Clemente Award once before, back in 2012. He has yet to win the Marvin Miller Award, but with every other piece of hardware he’s amassed it’s really just a matter of time, right?!
Unless he decides to throw right-handed in his last start Wednesday, Kershaw is a lock to win his second consecutive Cy Young Award and he’s one quality start away from, possibly, being named the NL Most Valuable Player.
Kershaw currently leads the majors in wins (20), WHIP (0.860) and his 1.80 ERA has him in line for his fourth straight ERA title. The next closest competitor is Felix Hernandez of the Mariners who has a 2.07 ERA.