LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw figures to clean up this awards season, and on Wednesday was named a finalist of four honors from his peers. Kershaw is a finalist for four MLB Players Choice Awards, including Major League Player of the Year.
Kershaw is also a finalist for National League Outstanding Player along with Stanton and Josh Harrison of the Pirates, and for NL Outstanding Pitcher along with Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
The finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which recognizes accomplishments on and off the field, was trimmed from six to three players, with Kershaw battling Adam LaRoche of the Nationals and Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs.
Kershaw won NL Outstanding Pitcher in 2011 and 2013, the same years he has won the National League Cy Young Award.
Matt Kemp, who recovered from two injury-plagued seasons plus two shoulder surgeries and an ankle procedure to hit .287/.346/.506 with 25 home runs this season (after six - count them, six - home runs in 2013), was not among the three finalists for NL Comeback Player of the Year. That honor went to the motley crew of Tim Hudson of the Giants, Edinson Volquez of the Pirates, and Casey McGehee of the Marlins.
Winners of all the Players Choice Awards will choose charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Players Trust.
The winners of the awards will be announced on MLB Network on Monday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. PT.