Will Yoder
Friday November 18th, 2011

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the winner of the National League Cy Young Award. The 23-year-old beat out Phildelphia Phillies hurlers Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

The southpaw won the pitching Triple Crown by leading the league in wins (21), ERA (2.28), and strikeouts (248) much like American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.  This is just the fifth time in MLB history that a pair of pitchers accomplished this feat in the same year; the last time being in 1924 when Dazzy Vance and Walter Johnson achieved the feat. Kershaw is the eighth Dodger player to win the award but the first since Eric Gagne took home the trophy in 2003.  The All-Star is also the youngest NL honoree since Dwight Gooden won in 1985 at the age of 20.

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