Clayton Kershaw has accomplished pretty much everything one can do on a baseball field.
Since making his MLB debut as a 20-year-old in 2008, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher has been arguably the greatest hurler of his generation, and definitely has had a career destined to end with his enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He’s made 10 All-Star teams across his 16 seasons, earned three National League Cy Young Awards, and posted the NL’s lowest ERA five times.
He threw one of the greatest games ever pitched with his no-hitter/almost perfect game against the Colorado Rockies in 2014 and finally reached the sport’s pinnacle when he won the World Series in 2020.
Overall, he’s got an array of accomplishments through his storied career and he recently named that championship as his favorite one in comments to Bat Boys Baseball.
“I’ve gotten to do a lot of cool stuff, but I mean ultimately like that’s why we play the game is to win, so winning the World Series, it was really special and I’ll try to do it again.”Clayton Kershaw via Bat Boys Baseball
As for his chances to potentially run that moment back this year, the Dodgers are in a solid position to do just that.
They have one of the deepest lineups in the sport — headlined by MVP candidates in Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman — and own the NL’s second best record despite pitching rotation problems throughout the season.
That rotation has been a weak point in 2023, but Kershaw is slowly building back up to his usual form and Bobby Miller has performed admirably when he’s gotten the ball in his rookie season.
We’ll see what happens in just a few short weeks, but the team is in a good spot to make some noise in the postseason.
And maybe, just maybe, Kershaw can add a second Commissioner’s Trophy to his excellent resume.
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