LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Monday was honored by his peers, winning three different MLB Players Choice Awards. Kershaw won MLB Player of the Year, National League Outstanding Pitcher and Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, three of the four awards for which he was a finalist.
Kershaw, who was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 27 starts with 239 strikeouts, led the majors in wins and led in ERA for an unprecedented fourth season in a row.
He is the first player ever to win three Players Choice awards in one season.
He beat out Mike Trout of the Angels and Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins for MLB Player of the Year, joining Pedro Martinez (1999) and Justin Verlander (2011) as the only pitchers to win the top honor, first awarded in 1998.
Kershaw won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, which honors both on and off-field work, beating out Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals. Kershaw is the first Dodgers player to win the award, which has been given annually since 1997.
He beat out Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals for the National League Outstanding Pitcher. Kershaw also won the Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2011 and 2013, joining four-time recipient Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to win the award — first given out in 1994 — more than twice.
"That's the coolest thing about this award, for the players to have your back," Kershaw said on the MLB Network broadcast. "They are the only ones who know how hard this is."
Kershaw lost out on the Outstanding Player in the National League, given to Stanton, who was also a finalist for MLB Player of the Year. Utility man extraordinaire Josh Harrison of the Pirates was the other finalist for this NL award.
It should be noted both Martinez and Verlander lost out in AL Outstanding Player in the years they won MLB Player of the Year, too.
Winners of all the Players Choice Awards choose charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Players Trust. Kershaw chose Kershaw's Challenge, his own foundation which helps efforts both domestically and internationally.