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45 Interesting Facts About Clayton Kershaw

45 facts about the Triple Crown Winner

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Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Here are 45 facts about him that you should know:

  • Full name of Clayton Kershaw is Clayton Edward Kershaw.
  • He was born on March 19, 1988, in Dallas, Texas.
  • His parents divorced when he was 10.
  • Kershaw was raised by his mother.
  • He used to play youth sports leagues as a child.
  • During childhood, he has also played Little League Baseball.
  • In school, Kershaw played baseball.
  • He also played football where he was at the center.
  • While at school, he posted a 3-0 record with an earned run average (ERA) of 0.77, and recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched.
  • In a game with another school, Kershaw pitched an all-strikeout perfect game.
  • He struck out all 15 batters he faced in the game.
  • He also pitched USA Baseball's Junior National Team in the Pan Am Championship.
  • Kershaw is a left-handed starting pitcher.
  • Kershaw's career earned run average (ERA) is the lowest among starters in the live-ball era with a minimum of 1,000 innings pitched.
  • He has won Cy Young Award three times.
  • USA Today awarded him as "High School Baseball Player of the Year."
  • He was also given the Gatorade National Player of the Year for baseball.
  • In 2014, Kershaw was awarded as National League Most Valuable Player.
  • He has been drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft.
  • Kershaw reached the majors when he was just 20 years old.
  • He was the youngest player in MLB at that time.
  • He won the pitching Triple Crown in 2011 and became the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since 1985.
  • He also pitched a no-hitter on 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so.
  • Kershaw is often compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
  • Kershaw is first pitcher in history to lead MLB in ERA for four consecutive years (2011 to 2014).
  • Kershaw along with his wife, launched 'Kershaw's Challenge.'
  • The couple has written a book Arise to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia.
  • Kershaw, for his humanitarian works, has also been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award.
  • Kershaw started his career with Gulf Coast League (GCL) Dodgers.
  • At GCL, pitched 37 innings in which he struck out 54 batters.
  • Soon after, he was rated as the top prospect in GCL.
  • Experts also called him Dodgers' second best prospect by Baseball America behind third baseman Andy LaRoche.
  • In 2007, he was promoted to Great Lakes Loons.
  • At Great Lakes Loons, Kershaw recorded a record of 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA.
  • Dodgers bought Kershaw's minor-league contract in 2008, where he was added to the active roster.
  • In July 2008, Kershaw won his first major league game. The game was against Washington Nationals.
  • In that game, he pitched six-plus shutout innings, allowing four hits, a walk, and he struck out five.
  • In April 2009, Kershaw pitched seven innings and stroke out 13 batters while allowing only one hit against the rival.
  • After 1955, he was the youngest Dodger to ever strikeout 13 or more batters in a game.
  • Pitching style of Kershaw relies a lot on deception, as he keeps the ball hidden, making it hard for the batter to pick up the ball.
  • Teammates believe Kershaw is a noted perfectionist.
  • Kershaw's win-loss record is 101-52.
  • Kershaw has been also awarded Gold Glove award.
  • In 2011, he has been also awarded with Triple Crown award.
  • According to Los Angeles Times, Clayton Kershaw ranks seventh greatest figure in franchise history, and the third greatest pitcher. He is also the seventh greatest Dodger.

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