Despite his poor showing at the end of the post-season, Clayton Kershaw shined so brightly during the regular season that it didn’t affect the Cy Young voting.
The pitcher won his second Cy Young Award on Wednesday, receiving 29 out of 30 first place votes and one second place vote.
The next closest pitcher, Adam Wainwright, got one first place vote, 15 second place, four votes for third, one for fourth and five for fifth. He’s the only player who got a vote for first besides Kershaw.
Jose Fernandez finished third.
Kershaw talked about winning, saying:
"Whether you expect to win or you don't, just to hear your name called -- it does something to you. I'm not big on individual stats or awards or anything like that, because ultimately I think we play this game to win a World Series. No ifs, ands or buts about that. That's the goal. But any time that you get associated with this award, and you get to be a part of some of the names that come along with the Cy Young Award, it really is pretty special. I definitely don't take that for granted."
Kershaw also talked about whether he’ll go out on the free market after the 2014 season, the pitcher said:
"Anybody who works to get to that point to get to play six years in the big leagues and get to be a part of free agency -- that's kind of what you work for. But at the same time, I do love L.A. I love being there, I've loved my six years there so far, and I don't have any problems with it at all, and I really think we can win there, too."
The Dodgers are undoubtedly going to try and work out a contract with Kershaw before he hits free agency.