Baseball is running out of ways to honor Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander completed a rare sweep of the post-season's biggest awards, taking home the NL Most Valuable Player award one day after winning the NL Cy Young.
Kershaw won the award despite appearing in just 16.6% of the regular season schedule. He was so dominant in his 27 starts that Kershaw won the MVP award by nearly 60 points over second-place finisher Giancarlo Stanton. Kershaw earned 18 first-place votes. Stanton finished with eight and Andrew McCutchen -- the third-place finisher -- finished with four.
Kershaw is the first National League pitcher to win the MVP since 1968, when Bob Gibson won the award. Vida Blue (1971), Rollie Fingers (1981), Roger Clemens (1986), Dennis Eckersley (1992) and Justin Verlander (2011) were pitchers to win the award in the American League since that time.
Scout.com's Kamil Skwarek detailed Kershaw's dominance in this article. In that story, he mentioned the stat that likely swayed the voters the most -- in regular season games started by Kershaw, the Dodgers won 85.2% of the time. In games not started by Kershaw, the Dodgers won 52.6% of the time. He was the difference between the Dodgers winning the NL West and finishing behind the second-place San Francisco Giants.
In the American League, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout took home his first AL MVP award. Trout won the award unanimously. Victor Martinez (16 second-place votes) finished second and Michael Brantley (eight second-place votes) finished third. AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu received one second place vote and finished fourth.
InsidetheHalo's publisher Taylor Ward detailed the great Trout in this article.