Although the decision wasn't unanimous like his AL counterpart Justin Verlander, Kershaw received 27 of 32 first-place votes to give the Dodgers their first Cy Young winner since Eric Gagne won the award in 2003, and is the eighth Dodger to win the award since its inception in 1956.
Other Dodgers include Gagne, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale, Mike Marshall, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Sandy Koufax (who won the award three times).
Like Verlander, Kershaw won his league's pitching Triple Crown, the first pitcher to do it in the NL since Jake Peavy did it in 2007. Kershaw was 21-5 for a team that finished 82-79. He finished with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 233 innings pitched.
The 23-year-old Kershaw has improved steadily each season since breaking into the majors in 2008, with his wins climbing each year, and his ERA dropping.
There are only two more MLB awards to be given out: the AL and NL MVPs. The AL MVP will be awarded on Monday, with the NL MVP award handed out on Tuesday.
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