Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter and 41 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw
is Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year for 2014.
The honor doesn’t come with a physical award, but it does come with a snazzy magazine cover article. Here’s a snippet:
Kershaw has positioned himself to do what might be regarded as borderline heretical: surpass Sandy Koufax as greatest pitcher in Dodgers history.
Koufax was 26 when he embarked on five magnificent seasons. He led the NL in ERA each season from 1962-66, winning three Cy Young trophies and one MVP award. He retired at age 30, because of an arthritic elbow.
Kershaw is 26 now, poised to win his third Cy Young Award, and the MVP too.
Fifty-two years ago today, Vin Scully narrated Sandy Koufax pitching in slow motion during game four of the 1963 World Series. This video requires no further explanation or justification for being linked today. Flip ahead to the 2:20 mark and enjoy:
A Sandy Koufax rookie card from 1955, and a Jackie Robinson card from the same set, are currently up for auction at LoveOfTheGameAuctions.com.
The 1955 Topps partial mid-grade set has been broken into multiple lots. Check out the Koufax rookie (current bid: $225), the Robinson card (current bid: $110), and the rest of the lots.
The auction closes Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.
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