Clayton Kershaw rewarded for spectacular season with National League MVP

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Clayton Kershaw caps off his brilliant season with the Los Angeles Dodgers by receiving the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player award.

On Wednesday the 26-year-old was presented with his third National League Cy Young Award after receiving all 30 first place votes Baseball Writers' Association of America after leading the majors in wins and strikeouts.

The voting for the NL MVP award finished as follows:

The left handed pitcher had a remarkable season for the Los Angeles Dodgers and posted a 21-3 record over the 2014/15 campaign.

Kershaw became the first pitcher since Justin Verlander in 2011 to win the Most Valuable Player award, going a long way to justifying the seven-year $215 million deal he signed with the franchise in January.

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Kershaw actually recorded the lowest amount of games (27) in a season to which a player won the MVP award, mainly down to the fact he missed all of April with a back injury. That injury kept him under 200 innings for the first time since 2009, though he still managed to set career marks in wins, WHIP and ERA.

Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth ranked Kershaw with the 10 previous pitchers to win an MVP award, ranking his 2014 season as third all time:

"The first is that both his ERA and his FIP are under 2.00. As Joe Posnanski recently pointed out, this has only happened four other times since the Deadball era (only two of those instances resulted in an MVP, and they're both covered below). That's a great way of illustrating just how good Kershaw has been at controlling what little he can control."

He continued:

"The other is that Kershaw's adjusted ERA+ of 211, even at this time of pitching prominence, is simply absurd. Only 10 times post-Deadball has a pitcher had a mark that high."

The Major League Baseball MVP's have been awarded now, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout and Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw the recipients.

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