The Claw

“I’ll never take for granted the opportunity to put on a Dodger uniform.”
Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is 28 years old and a three-time Cy Young Award winner. Kershaw is a five-time All-Star who won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2014. Kershaw has won a Gold Glove for fielding excellence, and in 2014 he threw a no-hitter. Clayton Kershaw led the Major Leagues in Earned Run Average for four straight years (2011-2014), the only time in Major League Baseball history that anyone ever has accomplished that feat.

It is absolutely incredible for Clayton Kershaw to have achieved so much at such a young age. The Dodgers took Kershaw, who is from Dallas, with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft. Kershaw quickly shot through the Dodgers Minor League System and reached the Major Leagues at age 20. Some of Clayton Kershaw’s success can be explained by deception. He hides the ball well in his delivery – making it difficult for hitters to “pick up” the ball. Kershaw’s stuff is very good and he is a fine competitor. I have great respect for the professional manner in which Clayton Kershaw conducts himself both on and off the field. Kershaw’s lifetime record is an amazing 114-56 with a 2.43 ERA. Is there any room for improvement? Yes. In the Post-Season, where he has a 2-6 mark with a 4.59 ERA.

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