JACKSONVILLE - Former Jacksonville Suns pitcher and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named the 2013 National League Cy Young Award winner, his second-career selection, announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday night.
Kershaw garnered 29 of 30 first-place votes, and this is his second Cy Young Award in the past three seasons after winning the honor in 2011.
"Winning this award a second time is every bit as special as it was the first time around," Kershaw said in a press release by the Dodgers on Wednesday. "I want to especially thank my teammates and coaches for helping place me in such amazing company."
A first round selection (sixth overall) by the Dodgers in 2006, Kershaw rose quickly throughout the L.A. system reaching Double-A Jacksonville just a year later in 2007.
That season Kershaw made five starts for the Suns, going 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA. In 2008 Kershaw began the season as the Suns' ace, going 2-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 games and 11 starts in a Jacksonville uniform.
Kershaw earned his first call-up to the big leagues on May 28 before being sent back Jacksonville, and then he joined the Dodgers for good on July 22, 2008.
Since that point, Kershaw has been a three-time National League All-Star (2011-13), a two-time N.L. strikeout champion (2011, 2013), and three-time N.L. ERA champion (2011-13).
This season Kershaw went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 33 starts and 236 innings for the Dodgers, helping Los Angeles win the National League West Division Title. He posted a Major League-leading 1.83 ERA as he won his second Cy Young Award.
Detroit's Max Scherzer won the American League Cy Young Award after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts in 2013.
Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, finished third in the voting behind Kershaw and St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright.
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