Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He is an eight-time All-Star, three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, and the 2014 NL Most Valuable Player. Kershaw pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so. He has been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
About Clayton Kershaw in brief
Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He is an eight-time All-Star, three-time National League Cy Young Award winner, and the 2014 NL Most Valuable Player. He has been described for much of his career as the best pitcher in baseball. Kershaw pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so. He and his wife launched \”Kershaw’s Challenge\” and wrote the book Arise to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia. His parents divorced when he was 10, and he was raised by his mother. He played in youth sports leagues as a child, including Little League Baseball and USA Baseball’s Junior National Team in the Pan Am Championship. He was selected by the Dodgers with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft. He had committed to Texas A&M University, but turned down the scholarship offer to sign with the Dodgers, with a signing bonus estimated at USD 2. 3 million. He won the pitching Triple Crown and the NL Cy Young award in 2011. He also won the National League MVP award in 2012. He became the first major league pitcher to win the Triple Crown in four consecutive years. He led MLB in ERA five times, and was the first pitcher to do that in four straight seasons. He made his MLB debut in 2008, and has played 13 seasons in the major leagues since. His 2. 43 career earned run average and 1.
00 walks plus hits per inning pitched rate are the lowest among starters in the live-ball era. His career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average of 6. 78, the second-lowest in MLB history, is also the lowest in baseball history. His fastball topped out at 96 miles per hour and he has been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. He has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work. The Dodgers signed Kershaw to a franchise record seven-year, USD 215 million contract extension during the 2013 offseason. He plays left-handed for the Dodgers and the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, the San Diego Gulles. He pitched an all-strikeout perfect game in a playoff game against Northwest High School of Justin, Texas, in 2006 when he posted a 13–0 record with an earned-run average of 0. 77, and recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. In 2007, he was selected to play on the All-star Team for the Midwest League All-Stars in the Futures Game and on the USA team in the USA-Star Game. On August 6, 2008, Kershaw was promoted to the Double-Star League. In 2008 he was the youngest player in MLB, a title he held for one full year. In 2011, he became the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. He worked his way through the Dodgers’ farm system in just one full season.