LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named along with Angels outfielder Mike Trout as the 2014 Sportsmen of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. The two will be honored at the 10th annual L.A. Sports Awards on March 15, to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
This is the second time Kershaw won the award, along with 2011, making him the first two-time winner of the award. Trout is the first Angels player to win the award, which began in 2005.
Both Kershaw and Trout won Most Valuable Player awards in their respective leagues in 2014, Kershaw capturing the first MVP by a National League pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Kershaw was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 27 starts, leading the major leagues in ERA for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He struck out 239 with only 31 walks in 198⅓ innings. His year included a 41-inning scoreless streak, tied for the fifth-longest streak since the expansion era began in 1961, and was punctuated by a no-hitter against the Rockies on June 18.
Awards won by Kershaw for his 2014 season include the NL Cy Young Award, NL MVP, MLB Players Choice MLB Player of the Year, MLB Players Choice Outstanting NL Pitcher of the Year, Marvin Miller Man of the Year, Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year, Baseball America MLB Player of the Year, Roy Campanella Award, Warren Spahn Award and now the co-L.A. Sportsman of the Year.
Previous L.A. Sportsmen of the Year include Clippers Chris Paul (2013) and Elton Brand (2006); Jonathan Quick of the Kings (2012); Lakers Derek Fisher (2010), Paul Gasol (2009) and Kobe Bryant (2008); David Beckham of the Galaxy (2007); and Matt Leinart of USC (2005).
The L.A. Sports Awards will be shown on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, with air dates to be determined.