Clayton Kershaw tied for 4th in Sporting News Player of the Year voting

Lisa Blumenfeld

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers won the award, becoming the fourth player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

Clayton Kershaw was the highest ranking pitcher and finished tied for fourth in the 2013 Sporting News MLB Player of the Year voting. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the award for the second straight year, as voted on by major league players, announced on Thursday.

Kershaw tied with National League MVP favorite Andrew McCutchen with eight votes from peers. Cabrera received 141 votes, easily beating out 53-homer man Chris Davis of the Orioles, who had 35 votes. Mike Trout of the Angels, who put up arguably the best age 20-21 seasons in baseball history, was third with nine votes.

Kershaw and McCutchen were the highest-ranked NL players in the voting.

The last Dodger to win the Sporting News Player of the Year Award was Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Kershaw, who was the only Dodger named to the 2013 Sporting News All-Star team on Wednesday, was 16-9 with a major-league-best 1.83 ERA in 2013 and led the National League with 232 strikeouts in a career-high 236 innings.

He is the overwhelming favorite to win his second NL Cy Young Award. The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce finalists for their awards on Nov. 5, and the Cy Young Awards will be announced on Nov. 13, both televised by MLB Network.

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