Clayton Kershaw nominated for Roberto Clemente Award.

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Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)

Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.

Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”

Here’s more from MLB’s press release:

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Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for Marvin Miller award.

Clayton KershawDodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player that inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

The other finalists are Carlos Beltran, Max Scherzer, Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rizzo.

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First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge helped support transitional housing for homeless families in Los Angeles (The Dream Center) and a sports ministry in West Dallas (Mercy Street) in addition its ongoing work in Zambia.

Clayton Kershaw is the National League Player of the Week.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has won five National League Player of the Week awards in his career. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Player of the Week award this season, for the week ending Sunday. It’s the fifth NLPOY award of his career.

From the MLB press release:
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Nomar Garciaparra inducted into Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dodgers broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra is one of six players joining the 2015 induction class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fane.

Carlos Delgado, Luis Gonzalez, Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Kelly and Pedro Martinez are the other inductees.

“The amount of emotion that comes over you is difficult to put into words. … The fact that I’m representing Mexico and all my aunts and uncles and relatives there … this is truly just a huge honor,” Garciaparra said in a staement.

The Latino Baseball Hall of Fame, created in 2010, is based in the Dominican Republic.

The 2015 class is comprised of two categories – modern era players (since 1970) and veterans – who will be honored during the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Week from February 5-7, 2015.

Clayton Kershaw is the National League pitcher of the month for July.

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Clayton Kershaw was named the National League pitcher of the month for the second straight month. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Call it “The Summer of Kershaw.”

Clayton Kershaw picked up his second consecutive National League Pitcher of the Month award on Monday, having also won the honor in June.

In five outings last month, Kershaw was 4-0 with a N.L.-best 1.07 ERA. He completed three of the five games, tied for first in the N.L. in wins, and posted the second-lowest opponents’ batting average (.165) among qualifying N.L. pitchers. Kershaw fanned 43 during the month, which was good for fourth in the Senior Circuit, while walking only four.

Burt Hooton was the last Dodgers pitcher to win the Pitcher of the Month award in consecutive months, in August and September 1975. Don Sutton also pulled the feat in April and May of 1975.

This is Kershaw’s fourth career Pitcher of the Month Award, having won previously for July 2011, July 2013 and June 2014.

Why the Chase Headley trade could be gold for Juan Uribe.

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Juan Uribe leads all National League third basemen in UZR and dWAR after the trade that sent Chase Headley to the New York Yankees. (Getty Images)

Nolan Arenado missed a month of the season with a fractured middle finger.

Chase Headley is a New York Yankee.

Suddenly, Juan Uribe has a very real chance of winning his first career Gold Glove award.
A look at where Uribe ranks in the National League:
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Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett nominated for ESPY awards.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been nominated for Best Baseball Player, and Josh Beckett is a finalist for Best Comeback Athlete, as voting for the ESPY awards began Tuesday.

Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2013 and last week threw the first no-hitter of his career. Beckett missed most of last season with thoracic outlet syndrome, then came back this year to pitch a no-hitter of his own.

The ESPY awards will air July 16 on ESPN, during the MLB All-Star break. Drake is hosting the annual made-for-TV awards show at the Nokia Theater.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn’t nominated in the Best Fighter category.

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Daily Distractions: Dodgers president Stan Kasten named ‘Sports Executive of the Year.’

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Stan Kasten was named the 2013 Sports Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council (Getty Images)


Stan Kasten didn’t take long to make a name for himself in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers president hasn’t been on the job for two years, but on Tuesday he was named the 2013 Sports Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. Kasten will be honored during the 9th Annual LA Sports Awards, March 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The awards dinner and gala, emceed by comedian Bill Engvall, will be televised on Prime Ticket on March 14 at 9:30 p.m., with multiple airings to follow. The ceremony also will feature the presentation of the Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Coach of the Year Awards.

Under Guggenheim Baseball Management, an ownership group including Kasten, chairman Mark Walter and Magic Johnson, the Dodgers led all major-league teams in home and road attendance last season. The Dodgers capped season-ticket sales at 32,000 last year and are currently deciding where to cap that number this year.

Guggenheim’s greatest feat: Negotiating an $8 billion television contract with Time Warner Cable that kicks in this year. The network co-owned by the Dodgers and TWC, SportsNet LA, is set to launch on Feb. 25.

Previous Sports Executive of the Year honorees are: Tim Leiweke, AEG (2012); Arte Moreno, Angels (2011); Tim Leiweke, AEG (2010); Jerry Buss, Lakers (2009); Mitch Kupchak, Lakers (2008); Brian Burke, Ducks (2007); Ned Colletti, Dodgers/Brian Burke, Ducks (2006); and Arte Moreno, Angels (2005).

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Vin Scully honored at Southern California Sports Broadcasters awards luncheon.

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was named the Chick Hearn Radio Play-By-Play award winner for the 16th time at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters awards luncheon Monday.

Scully also won the SCSB Best Television Play-By-Play Announcer award for the 12th time. The 86-year-old has been part of the Dodgers’ broadcast team since 1950. Scully will broadcast all Dodgers games in California and Arizona in 2014.

The 2013 Special Achievement Award was bestowed upon Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. In November, Kershaw won the Branch Rickey Award from the Rotary Club of Denver for his off-field humanitarian work, and the National League Cy Young award for his pitching exploits.

Earlier this month, Kershaw signed  a seven-year, $215 million contract, the largest ever given a pitcher.