LOS ANGELES - The calendar has changed to a new year. The Dodgers are getting ready for the 2012 season, but the award-winning performance of Clayton Kershaw in 2011 remains with him.
Kershaw was named the 2011 Sportsman of the Year at the seventh annual LA Sports Awards on Thursday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
"It's pretty cool," Kershaw said. "It's awesome always to get awards and stuff but at the same time we got to get ready for this year too."
Before moving on with 2012, Kershaw had to be recognized for being one of the few bright spots for the Dodgers in 2011. A true ace, Kershaw ended the season as the top pitcher in the National League, capturing the NL Cy Young Award.
He led the Majors in 2011 with a 2.28 ERA and strikeouts with 248. He was tied for the league lead with 21 wins. Kershaw became, at 23 years of age, the youngest pitcher to win the National League's CY Young since a 20-year old Doc Gooden did it for the Mets in 1985. He's also the eighth Dodger and...