Clayton Kershaw finished the 2014 regular season with an MLB-best 21 wins and he led the Majors in WHIP (0.86) and for a fourth consecutive year, in ERA (1.77). He’s considered a favorite to win his third NL Cy Young Award in the last four years and also is at the forefront of the NL MVP discussion.
On Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced Kershaw is a finalist for four Players Choice Awards — Player of the Year, Man of the Year, National League Outstanding Player and NL Outstanding Pitcher.
Kershaw’s competition for Player of the Year includes Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout is widely considered the favorite to win the AL MVP and Stanton was Kershaw’s primary opposition for NL MVP before his season came to an end after being hit by a pitch on the face.
Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Stanton join Kershaw in being nominated for NL Outstanding Player, and the Dodger ace is pitted against Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright for NL Outstanding Pitcher.
Kershaw previously won NL Outstanding Pitcher in 2011 and 2013. While Matt Kemp wasn’t nomiated for NL Comeback Player of the Year, Adrian Gonzalez joins Kershaw among Dodgers whom could received hardware for their performance this season.
Gonzalez was selected as the Dodgers’ finalist for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award. Voting for the Hank Aaron Award closes at 8:59 p.m. PT on Oct. 5 and the Players Choice Award winners will be announced on MLB Network, Monday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. PT.