Kershaw wins NL Cy Young
Both left-handed aces for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And now both Cy Young Award winners.
“I’m still uncomfortable with it,” Kershaw said Thursday after winning his first NL Cy Young in a runway. “I don’t want to have any disrespect for Mr. Koufax. He did it for a long time. He won a lot of awards and he won World Series. He threw no-hitters. Just a lot of things I’m not anywhere close to accomplishing yet. I have tremendous respect for him and would never want to ever put myself in the same category as him.
“I always dreamed about playing in the big leagues. I never dreamed about doing anything special in the big leagues. I don’t think any kid ever does,” Kershaw said.
Koufax, among the greatest left-handers in baseball history, won three Cy Youngs for the Dodgers in 1963, 1965 and 1966. Kershaw has a long way to go before he matches those accomplishments.
With a big curveball that might be the best in baseball, Kershaw won the NL’s pitching triple crown. Pitching on a team that went 82-79, he led the league with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts and with a 21-5 record tied Kennedy for most wins.
The 23-year-old left-hander, whose previous high for victories was 13 in 2010, dominated the league during the final two months of the season, going 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his final nine starts.