Clayton Kershaw Named 2011 Sportsman Of The Year By Los Angeles Sports Council

The Sportsman award is given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.

  • Live
17 Total Updates since October 20, 2011
  • Updates 13
  • Articles 4
  • All Updates 17

Clayton Kershaw Named 2011 Los Angeles Sportsman Of The Year

Clayton Kershaw had a fantastic season in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and to the victor goes the spoils. on Thursday, the Los Angeles Sports Council announced the southpaw was named the 2011 Sportsman of the Year. Kershaw will be presented with the award during the seventh annual LA Sports Awards, to be held on March 15 at Club Nokia at LA Live.

The Sportsman of the Year award is "given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year." Kershaw is the first Dodger to win the award, following three straight Los Angeles Lakers. Derek Fisher won the award in 2010, Pau Gasol captured the honor in 2009, and Kobe Bryant won in 2008. Other previous winners were David Beckham in 2007, Elton Brand in 2006, and Matt Leinart in 2005.

Kershaw was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts for the Dodgers in 2011, winning the pitching triple crown in the National League. In addition to being named an All-Star for the first time in his career, Kershaw was voted as the NL Cy Young Award winner and even won a Gold Glove.

He also helped raise money for Arise Africa, an organization that helps build orphanages in Zambia. Kershaw pledged $100 per strikeout toward the organization through Kershaw's Challenge, which helped raise money throughout the year.

The LA Sports Awards will be shown on Prime Ticket, at a date and time to be determined.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

Ryan Braun Wins National League MVP, With Matt Kemp Second

Matt Kemp of the 82-win Los Angeles Dodgers had a legitimate claim to the National League Most Valuable Player award, but the Baseball Writers Association of America didn't agree, awarding the 2011 NL MVP to Ryan Braun of the playoff-bound Milwaukee Brewers. Braun received 20 of 32 first place votes and 12 second-place votes for 388 points, outpacing Kemp, who finished second.

Kemp received 10 first-place votes, 16 second-place votes, and six third-place votes, finishing with 332 points. Fourteen points are awarded for a first-place vote, followed by nine points for second, eight points for third, all the way down to one point for a 10th place vote.

Kemp led the National League in home runs (39), runs batted in (126), runs scored (115), total bases (353), adjusted OPS+ (171), and Wins Above Replacement by both Baseball-Reference.com (10.0) and FanGraphs (8.7). He hit .324/.399/.586 and stole 40 bases, coming just one home run shy of joining the exclusive 40/40 club.

Kemp was the first player to finish in the top two in both home runs and stolen bases since Hank Aaron did so for the 1963 Milwaukee Braves.

The last Dodger to finish second in MVP voting was Adrian Beltre in 2004, who finished second to Barry Bonds.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

2011 National League MVP: Matt Kemp Looks To Join Dodgers History

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers already parlayed his outstanding 2011 season into a huge payday - to the tune of $160 million - and later on Tuesday he will find out if he has the hardware to go with it. The National League MVP is the final award given out by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and will be announced at 11 a.m. PST on Tuesday.

It is highly likely the award will go to either Kemp or Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Should Kemp win, he would join these Dodgers to win the award:

  • 1913: Jake Daubert (first baseman, hit .350/.405/.423; led league in batting average)
  • 1924: Dazzy Vance (first Dodgers pitcher to win the pitching triple crown)
  • 1941: Dolph Camili (was the last Dodger before Kemp to lead NL in homers and RBI in the same season)
  • 1949: Jackie Robinson (led the league hitting .342, also had 66 extra-base hits, 122 runs, 124 RBI, and 37 steals)
  • 1951: Roy Campanella (in just his third full season, Campy hit .325/.393/.590
  • 1953: Roy Campanella (perhaps his finest season, hit .312/.395/.611 with 41 home runs, including then-record 40 as a catcher)
  • 1955: Roy Campanella (hit .318 with 32 home runs for the Dodgers team that finally beat the New York Yankees in the World Series)
  • 1956: Don Newcombe (Newcombe won 27 games and also captured the very first Cy Young Award)
  • 1962: Maury Wills (broke Ty Cobb's single season record with 104 stolen bases)
  • 1963: Sandy Koufax (Koufax also won the first of his three Cy Young Awards)
  • 1974: Steve Garvey (from write-in All-Star to league MVP in a matter of months)
  • 1988: Kirk Gibson (catalyst, along with Orel Hershiser, for the unlikely World Series winners)

Will Kemp join this list on Tuesday? We shall find out in a few hours.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

Clayton Kershaw Reacts To Winning Cy Young Award

The 2011 National League Cy Young Award seemed like it would be a close battle, but Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers breezed to an easy victory, garnering 27 of 32 first-place votes. Kershaw easily outpaced Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies, who received four first-place votes and 21 second-place votes. For Kershaw, it was a tremendous honor.

"The people I’m associated with just by winning this award is something I never dreamed of," Kershaw said on Thursday. "I never thought in a million years I’d even be in consideration for this award."

Kershaw won the pitching triple crown in the National League, leading the league in wins (21, tied with Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who finished fourth), ERA (2.28), and strikeouts (248). Cliff Lee of the Phillies finished third. ""Whenever you get to lead in those three categories, it doesn’t get to happen too often…but those three guys were really deserving, too," Kershaw added.

The 23-year old Kershaw is the first Dodgers starting pitcher to win the award since Orel Hershiser in 1988. "I am first and foremost a big fan of Clayton and have been honored to watch his quest in moving from good to great," Hershiser said on Tuesday. "He’s just scratching the surface of what he can become and I know he can reach much higher limits. Congratulations Clayton, it’s an amazing honor."

Don Newcombe, who won the very first Cy Young Award in 1956, put Kershaw in select company. "I am reminded of Sandy Koufax whenever I see Clayton pitch and feel that there is a deep comparison between the two," said Newcombe. "Clayton has an outstanding work ethic, as did Sandy, which will show itself through Clayton’s baseball career."

For Kershaw, individual awards are great, but he'd like to improve on the 82-79 record the Dodgers had this season, telling reporters on Thursday, "Individual awards never supersede winning, so that’s the ultimate goal.”

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

Clayton Kershaw Wins National League Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw had one of the finest seasons by a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher in the last two decades, and on Thursday he was rewarded, being named the 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Kershaw won the National League pitching triple crown in 2011, leading the majors with a 2.28 ERA, leading the National League with 248 strikeouts (just two whiffs behind Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers for the major league lead), and finishing tied with Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks with 21 wins. Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to win the triple crown, joining Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965, and 1966) and Dazzy Vance (1924).

The 23-year old Kershaw is the eighth Dodger to win the Cy Young Award, and the first since Eric Gagne captured the award in 2003. Kershaw is the first Dodgers starting pitcher to win the award since Orel Hershiser in 1988. At 21-5, Kershaw was the first Dodger to win 20 games in a season since Ramon Martinez in 1990.

Named to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career, Kershaw was even better after the break. Kershaw was 13-1 with a 1.22 ERA in his final 15 starts, allowing a total of 15 earned runs. He won his final eight decisions.

Kershaw was especially adept at facing the rival San Francisco Giants, going 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers' fiercest rival. Four of those starts were duels against Tim Lincecum, with all four contests won by Kershaw.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

2011 National League Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw Hopes To Continue Dodgers History

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a rich history with the Cy Young Award, winning the honor more times than any other franchise in history. Clayton Kershaw had a fine season in 2011, going 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts, winning the traditional pitching triple crown. The 23-year old Kershaw looks to become the eighth Dodger to capture the Cy Young Award, and the first since 2003.

Here are the Dodgers past Cy Young Award winners:

  • 2003: Eric Gagne (1.20 ERA, 55-for-55 in save opportunities, 137 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings)
  • 1988: Orel Hershiser (23-8, 2.26 ERA, ended season with 59 consecutive scoreless innings)
  • 1981: Fernando Valenzuela (20-year old rookie opened season 8-0 allowing four runs in 81 innings)
  • 1974: Mike Marshall (The doctor set relief records with 106 games and 208 1/3 innings)
  • 1966: Sandy Koufax (27 wins, 1.93 ERA in final season at age 30)
  • 1965: Koufax (26 wins, then-MLB record 382 strikeouts)
  • 1963: Koufax (25-5, 1.88 ERA, 306 strikeouts)
  • 1962: Don Drysdale (25-9, 2.83 ERA, led league with 242 strikeouts)
  • 1956: Don Newcombe (27 wins; captured the very first Cy Young Award, which was an MLB award back then, not one for each league)

Will Kershaw join this illustrious group? We will find out at 11 a.m. PST when the Baseball Writers Association of America announces the winner.

For a look at Clayton Kershaw and the history of pitchers winning the triple crown and their Cy Young Award fate, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

2011 MLB Players Choice Awards: Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp Win Top NL Honors

The Los Angeles Dodgers as a team were rather ordinary in 2011, finishing with a 82-79 record but well out of playoff contention. However, they did have two extraordinary individual seasons from Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, and those two were honored Thursday night with the Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards.

Kershaw was voted by his peers, his fellow MLB players, as the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the National League, while Kemp was voted as Most Outstanding Player.

Kershaw was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts this season, winning the NL pitching triple crown. He beat out fellow finalists Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies and Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw is the second Dodger to win this award, along with Eric Gagne, who was NL Outstanding Pitcher in 2003.

Kemp led the NL with 39 home runs, 126 runs batted in, and 115 runs, and finished third with a .324 batting average. Kemp came relatively close to the triple crown as he was within .003 of the lead in batting average in the final week of the season, but he ultimately fell short. Kemp also stole 40 bases, becoming the first major leaguer to finish in the top two in the league in both home runs and stolen bases since Hank Aaron in 1963.

Kemp is the first Dodger to win Most Outstanding Player, which has been given out since 1993. Kemp beat out fellow finalists Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Baseball Writers Association of America will begin announcing their awards next week. The NL Cy Young will be announced on November 17, and the NL MVP will be revealed on November 22.

For more on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

Silver Slugger Awards: Matt Kemp Obvious Winner

The Silver Sluggers were just announced, and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers was an obvious pick.

Kemp hit .324/.399/.586, and led the National League in HR (39), RBI (126), runs (115), and total bases (353). Finished tied for second with 40 stolen bases, led the league in OPS+ (171), is the 11th fastest in MLB history to join 30/30 club.

Kemp is the second Dodger ever to lead the league in both runs and RBI, joining Duke Snider (1955), and the third Dodger ever to lead the league in both homers and RBI, joining Dolph Camilli (1941) and Oyster Burns (1890).

Kemp was also named Baseball America MLB Player of the Year, won the NL Hank Aaron Award (top offensive performer in each league), and was named to the Sporting News NL All-Star team along with teammate Clayton Kershaw.

Kemp also won a Silver Slugger award in 2009.

Not a bad year to be named Matt Kemp.

Click here for the full list of winners. For more Kemp and the Dodgers, head to True Blue LA.

Continue

Gold Glove Awards: Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp And Andre Ethier Become First Dodgers Trio Ever To Win

The 2012 Rawling Gold Glove Awards are underway and the Los Angeles Dodgers already have three Gold Glove winners. Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all became recipients on Tuesday night.

Left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw claimed the first Gold Glove of his young career on the heels of a 21-5 pitching season. Kershaw is also in the running for this year's Cy Young Award and could become the second Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershier (1988) to win both honors in the same year.

Matt Kemp won his second Gold Glove after taking the award in 2009. Ethier laid claim to his first Gold Glove. The duo marks the first pair of teammates to win the award since 2007.

The three Dodgers- Kershaw, Kemp and Ethier- became the first trio of Dodgers to win the Golden Glove in the same year. The Dodgers may have come up short in their goals as a team this year but they certainly have talented individual players, as evidenced by the Golden Glove recipients on Tuesday night.

Continue

Los Angeles Dodgers Gold Glove Awards History

The 2012 Gold Glove Awards will be announced Tuesday night in a nationally televised event on ESPN. For the first time in the 55-year history of the awards, three finalists were announced at each of the 18 positions, nine in each league. The Los Angeles Dodgers had five finalists, including Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.

Kemp won a Gold Glove in 2009, and is one of three Dodgers center fielders to capture the honor, joining Willie Davis (1971-1973) and Steve Finley (2004). Fellow outfielder Andre Ethier is a finalist for right field, and is looking to join Raul Mondesi (1995, 1997) as the only Dodgers right fielders to win Gold Gloves.

Kershaw and Hiroki Kuroda give the Dodgers two of the three finalists at pitcher. Kershaw has a shot at becoming the second Dodgers pitcher to win a Gold Glove and Cy Young Award in the same season, joining Orel Hershiser (1988). The other pitchers in baseball history to accomplish that feat are Bob Gibson (1968, 1970), Jim Palmer (1976), Bret Saberhagen (1989), and Greg Maddux (1992-1995).

James Loney is a finalist for first base, looking to become the first Dodgers first baseman to win a Gold Glove since Steve Garvey in 1977. Garvey (1974-1977) is one of three Dodgers first basemen to win Gold Gloves, joining Wes Parker (1967-1972) and Gil Hodges (1957-1959).

Be sure to read True Blue LA for an in-depth look at the Dodgers and their Gold Glove history.

Continue

NL Gold Glove Finalists: Matt Kemp Among Five Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't really get the offense going this season, but man could they play some defense. That's why it's not a huge surprise that they have a bunch of players up for the honor

The Gold Glove Awards Show will be televised for the first time ever on Tuesday, November 1st at 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET on ESPN2. Expect at least one Dodger to win the award!

For more on the Dodgers, hit up True Blue LA.

Continue

Matt Kemp Presented With 2011 NL Hank Aaron Award Before World Series Game 5

As reported last Thursday, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named winner of the 2011 National League Hank Aaron Award as the top offensive performer in the league. Kemp was presented his award by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday night before Game 5 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas. Jose Bautista won the award for the American League.

"It is a real privilege to have my name on the award that recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League," said Hank Aaron. "I want to congratulate Jose and Matt on their fantastic seasons and express my gratitude to the Hall of Famers and fans who helped select this year's winners."

Kemp is the first Dodger to win the Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, and is determined by a panel of Hall of Famers, including Aaron, as well as fan voting.

"I congratulate Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp on being this year's recipients of the 2011 Hank Aaron Award, named for one of the true pillars of our game," Bud Selig said. "Matt enjoyed an extraordinary year, vying for the National League Triple Crown in the season's final days and stealing 40 bases on the year. The best is yet to come for both of these young men. I look forward to watching Jose and Matt continue to emulate Hank's example in the years ahead."

For more news and information on Matt Kemp and the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue

Matt Kemp Wins Hank Aaron Award As Top Offensive Player In National League

Matt Kemp had a truly remarkable season in 2011, and on Thursday was rewarded, being named the 2011 National League Hank Aaron Award winner. The award is given to the top offensive performer in each league, and is voted on by a panel of Hall of Fame members, as well as fans who voted online on MLB.com. This year's Hall of Fame panel included Aaron, Joe Morgan, Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams and Robin Yount.

The Hank Aaron award has been given annually since 1999, and Kemp is the first Dodger to take home the honors. Kemp flirted with the triple crown during the final week of the season, ultimately falling short in batting average. But Kemp did lead the National League in home runs, RBI, runs scored, total bases, and OPS+.

Kemp hit 39 home runs and stole 40 bases on the season, coming very close to becoming the fifth member of the 40/40 club. Kemp did finish in the top two in the league in both home runs and stolen bases, becoming the first player to accomplish that since Aaron himself in 1963.

Now Kemp has won the Aaron Award and was named last week as the Major League Player of the Year by Baseball America. Up next for Kemp this award season is a Silver Slugger, which he also won in 2009. The big prize of course is National League MVP, which won't be announced until November 22.

For Dodgers fans reaction to Kemp winning the Hank Aaron Award, be sure to read True Blue LA.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.