He won three Cy Young Awards and was named to nine All-Star teams.
He is a five-time ERA champion and former MVP.
He started his career in 388 regular season games and 23 in the playoffs.
And on Tuesday night, at the only major league stadium he has ever called home, he will add another start and another honor to his future Hall of Fame career.
Clayton Kershaw will be National League starting pitcher this year All-Star GameMajor League Baseball announced during its Monday morning press conference at Dodger Stadiumwhich gave the Dodgers left-hander his first career start in the midsummer classic.
The decision was made by Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, who manages the National League team after Braves win National League pennant last year.
It was a pick many in baseball had been anticipating for weeks, especially after Kershaw ended his injury-cut first half with a gap that included seven perfect innings. in his last start Friday against the Angels.
Kershaw did not have the most comprehensive resume of any NL rookie. Although his 2.13 ERA ranked third among NL pitchers with at least 70 innings, it wasn’t even the best on his team, behind Tony Gonsolin’s 2.02 mark.
Kershaw also didn’t have the same workload as most of the other candidates. He missed a month due to a back injury. According to Fangraphs, he had barely half as many innings as Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara, who has the most wins outside of replacing every pitcher in the league.
However, the 34-year-old southpaw was the most suitable choice, making his first All-Star start in the first All-Star Game. to be staged at Dodger Stadium at 42 years old.
Kershaw came close to being an All-Star starter on several occasions.
During Kershaw’s first All-Star and Cy Young-winning season in 2011, Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies received the nod. In a 2013 game hosted by the New York Mets, receiving team ace Matt Harvey was selected instead.
In the 2014 MVP season, Kershaw was again second in line behind St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright. Louis Cardinals. And since then, he has seen teammates win the award twice: Zack Greinke in 2015 and Hyun-Jin Ryu in 2019.
However, that honor has always eluded the best pitcher of the club’s generation.
Until this year, meaning now Kershaw is about to reach another milestone on the mound at Dodger Stadium.
Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays kicks off at the start of the American League.