42 Facts About Clayton Kershaw

1. Clayton Kershaw tossed 198 ⅓ en route to the National League crown in 2014.

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2. Clayton Kershaw let the kiddos steal the show after he beat the Braves in the NLDS.

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3. Clayton Kershaw recently re-signed with the Dodgers, eliminating any chance he might come home to the Texas Rangers.

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4. Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract after he initially opted out and chose free agency.

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5. Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency.

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6. Clayton Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93 million, 3-year deal.

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7. Clayton Kershaw continued his partnership with CURE International in 2015, setting a goal of funding 100 surgeries for CURE's hospital in the Dominican Republic.

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8. In 2014, Clayton Kershaw continued to support the children of Zambia, in partnership with CURE International, raising funds to pay for 170 children's surgeries and new medical equipment for CURE hospital in Lusaka.

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9. Prior to the 2011 season, Clayton Kershaw visited Zambia with his wife as part of a Christian mission organized by Dallas-based Arise Africa.

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10. On December 4, 2010, Clayton Kershaw married his girlfriend of seven years, Ellen Melson.

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11. Clayton Kershaw made two starts for the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

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12. Clayton Kershaw started the opening game of the 2017 World Series for the Dodgers against the Houston Astros.

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13. Clayton Kershaw made his seventh straight opening day start, tying Don Sutton for most consecutive opening day starts, and Sutton and Don Drysdale for most total opening day starts by a Dodger.

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14. Clayton Kershaw started games one and four of the 2016 National League Division Series and picked up the save in the clinching game five.

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15. On June 30, 2016, Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to back pain.

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16. On October 4, Clayton Kershaw became the 11th player in Major League history to strike out 300 batters in a season, the first player since Randy Johnson did it in 2002.

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17. Clayton Kershaw picked up his 200th strikeout of the season on August 12, tying Hideo Nomo's 1995 season for the fastest to that mark in Dodgers history at 156 innings.

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18. Clayton Kershaw was honored after the season with player of the year awards from both The Sporting News and Baseball America.

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19. Clayton Kershaw made his fourth straight opening day start for the Dodgers in 2014, only the fourth Dodger ever to do so.

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20. Clayton Kershaw won the Warren Spahn Award for 2013, the second time he had won the award, which honors the best left-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues.

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21. Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters in seven innings in the first game of the 2013 National League Division Series.

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22. Clayton Kershaw was selected to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his third straight selection.

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23. Clayton Kershaw picked up his 1,000th career strikeout on April 17, 2013, when he struck out Yonder Alonso of the Padres.

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24. Clayton Kershaw made his third straight opening day start for the Dodgers in the 2013 season, the first Dodger starter to do so since Derek Lowe.

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25. Clayton Kershaw became just the fifth Dodger pitcher with three straight 200 strikeout seasons.

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26. Clayton Kershaw was selected to appear in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the second straight year he made the team.

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27. Clayton Kershaw was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter for the second year in a row, where he pitched three innings of shutout ball against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park before being removed from the game due to flu-like symptoms.

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28. Clayton Kershaw became just the second lefthander to have a 240-plus strikeouts in a season before the age of 24, joining Vida Blue.

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29. Over the course of the season, Clayton Kershaw pitched opposite two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time defending NL strikeout leader Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants in four particularly memorable matchups.

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30. Clayton Kershaw became the first Dodgers starter to strike out the side in the 9th inning since Sandy Koufax's perfect game.

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31. Clayton Kershaw said after the game, "I didn't give our team any kind of chance.

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32. Clayton Kershaw started the 2010 season by posting a 3.07 ERA in April, but did so by walking 22 batters in 29 innings.

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33. Clayton Kershaw made his playoff starting debut against the St Louis Cardinals in the 2009 National League Division Series.

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34. Clayton Kershaw walked 91 batters, which was second most in the National League.

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35. Clayton Kershaw won his first major league game against the Washington Nationals on July 27, 2008.

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36. When he debuted, Clayton Kershaw was the youngest player in MLB, a title he held for one full year.

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37. Clayton Kershaw pitched 18 innings during his second trip to Jacksonville, winning two games.

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38. Clayton Kershaw began his career with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.

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39. Clayton Kershaw attended nearby Highland Park High School, where he played baseball and was the center for future Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on the varsity football team.

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40. Clayton Kershaw pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so.

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41. Clayton Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB draft.

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42. Clayton Kershaw has a career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average of 6.61—the second-lowest in MLB history—along with three Cy Young Awards and the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player Award.

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