For the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, milestones and records have become almost a part of his annual routine. MVP awards, Triple Crowns, ERA titles, and All-Star nods have defined one of the greatest careers we have ever seen.
And seven years ago, at the young age of 25, Clayton Kershaw reached one very impressive milestone. On a full count heater to the Padres Yonder Alonso, Kershaw became the second-fastest player in Dodgers’ history to reach the 1000 strikeout mark.
It seems strange to look back on a young Kershaw, knowing how much he would accomplish and how much heartbreak would be headed his way. Seven years later, he’s at 2464 strikeouts in his career and could even potentially be nearing the end of his Dodgers’ career.
But this moment truly was a reminder for current Dodgers fans to be thankful. Kershaw shouldered the weight that was placed on the starting staff for so many years before help came. And now, at 32-years-old, he doesn’t have to do it on his own anymore.
Kershaw reached that mark in 970 innings pitched, just 15.2 more than needed by Hideo Nomo. Walker Buehler is also on pace to best both of those marks, already at 378 strikeouts in 329 innings pitched.