Kershaw, Scherzer named Cy Young winners
(Reuters) - Clayton Kershaw came within one vote of perfection in winning the National League Cy Young Award as best pitcher of the season, and Max Scherzer was one step behind him in claiming American League honors on Wednesday.
Kershaw, who led Major League Baseball with a 1.83 earned run average in going 16-9 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, received 29 of the 30 first-place votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
"This is such a cool thing," Kershaw told MLB TV after the announcement. "It's awesome. It really is a huge honor."
Before the cameras went to Scherzer, who posted a 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA for the Detroit Tigers, the hard-throwing righthander tweeted: "Ahhhhh!!! What a feeling!! Can't wait to get my hands on this trophy!!"
It was the second Cy Young for 25-year-old Kershaw, following his selection in 2011. The left-hander, who pairs a knee-buckling curveball with his sizzling fastball, was also runner-up in last year's balloting.
Kershaw said he was proudest of the consistency he has achieved in his young major league career.
"I feel like anybody can have one great season or one great half of a season," said Kershaw, who has won three consecutive NL ERA titles.
"For me, I think the mark of a truly good player or good pitcher is to be able to do it year in, year out. For me, that's my goal, to be that model of consistency."
Kershaw helped the Dodgers go on a midseason tear in which they won 42 of 50 games on their way to the NL West title. Continued...