Clayton Kershaw Biography
Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Kershaw was born on March 19th, 1988 in Dallas, Texas, United States.
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB draft. In just one full season he managed to work his way through the Dodgers’ farm system and reached the majors at 20 years old. When he debuted in 2008, he was the youngest player in MLB, a title he held for a full year. In 2011, Clayton Kershaw won the pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. During the 2013 off-season, the Dodgers signed Kershaw to seven-year franchise record, with $215 million contract extension. Clayton pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so. Kershaw Being a left-handed strikeout pitcher and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has often been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Kershaw became the first pitcher in history to lead MLB in ERA for four consecutive years when he did so in the 2011 through 2014 seasons.
Off the field, Kershaw participates in volunteer work. He and his wife, Ellen, launched “Kershaw’s Challenge” and wrote the book Arise to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work.
Clayton Kershaw Age
He is 30 years old as of 2018.
Clayton Kershaw Family| Parents
Clayton Kershaw was born to Christopher George Kershaw (father), a musician and mother Marianne Tombaugh.
Clyde Tombaugh an astronomer was the great-uncle of Clayton. He was the one who discovered Pluto in 1930 along with asteroids and UFOs.
Clayton Kershaw Wife| Married| Girlfriend
On December 4th, 2010, Clayton Kershaw married his girlfriend of seven years, Ellen Melson. On January 23, 2015, Ellen gave birth to their first child, daughter Cali Ann and on November 19, 2016, Ellen gave birth to the couple’s second child, son Charley Clayton. Clayton is a Methodist with strong religious faith.
Clayton Kershaw Salary
Clayton Kershaw signed a 3 year contract of / $93,000,000 bwith the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a $93,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $31,000,000. In 2019, he will earn a base salary of $31,000,000, while carrying a total salary of$31,000,000.
Clayton Kershaw Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
Clayton Kershaw Contract
Clayton Kershaw is set to earn $32 million in 2019 and $33 million in 2020 under the terms of his old contract, which was a seven-year deal signed before the 2014 season at $215 million and was the largest in Dodgers franchise history.
Clayton Kershaw Career Stats| 2018 Stats
Awards and accomplishments
Name of award
Baseball America Major League Player of the Year
Branch Rickey Award
Cy Young Award
2011, 2013, 2014
Gatorade National Player of the Year in baseball
Los Angeles Sports Council Sportsman of the Year
Major League Baseball All-Star
Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
Midwest League Prospect of the Year
National League Most Valuable Player
National League Pitcher of the Month
2011, 2013, 2014 ×2, 2015, 2016
National League Player of the Week
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 ×2, 2015 ×2, 2017
Pitching Triple Crown
Player’s Choice Award for National League Outstanding Pitcher
2011, 2013, 2014
Players Choice Awards for Player of the Year
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at pitcher
Roberto Clemente Award
Roy Campanella Award
The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year
2011, 2013, 2014
The Sporting News Player of the Year Award
Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year Award
2009, 2011, 2014
USA Today Baseball High School Player of the Year
Warren Spahn Award
2011, 2013, 2014, 2017
National League statistical leader
|Adjusted ERA+ leader|
|Hits per nine innings leader|
2009, 2011, 2012
|Innings pitched leader|
2011, 2013, 2015
|Strikeout-to-walk ratio leader|
|Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched leader|
2011, 2014, 2017
|Wins above replacement leader for pitchers|
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LOS ANGELES — After Clayton Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, the ace left-hander said he’s looking forward to proving wrong those who believe his career is in decline.
“Winning is still the most important for me, that won’t change,” Kershaw said. “And I think this deal as well gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong. This year especially, maybe rightfully so, there’s been a lot of people saying I’m in decline. I’m not going to be as good as I once was. I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.
“I really believe that for three years, I can be just as good as I ever have been. I’m not saying I can’t be good past that, but that’s as long as I’m willing to commit to right now. I feel really good about that chunk of time and I feel really good about being productive for that time.”
Kershaw, 30, signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in 2013 that included a player option to become a free agent after five seasons. By opting out, he would have walked away from $65 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
Instead, the opt-out gave Kershaw the leverage for a third year and an additional $28 million. He will be 33 when the contract ends and again eligible for free agency.
“Honestly, I wanted to stay here,” Kershaw said. “Financial and everything aside, it was more valuable for me to stay here. A chance to win every single year, that doesn’t come around too often. We just decided it was a much better option to work it out here than anything else.”
Kershaw said he, wife Ellen “and the kiddos” love Los Angeles and consider it their second home to Dallas. He said playing for the Rangers would probably have been a more attractive option if they were more immediately competitive, although he stressed his fondness for his adopted home and “it wasn’t much of a question this time around.”
Kershaw’s decision came after a week of negotiations with the Dodgers aimed at finding a middle ground for the franchise’s best pitcher in a half-century. His value on the market was complicated by back and shoulder injuries that interrupted his last three seasons and are likely to have contributed to diminished velocity. He adjusted by essentially becoming a breaking-ball pitcher, reliant on his slider.
Kershaw said he is focused on getting people out, not necessarily on velocity, although he cited other pitchers his age or older (Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels) who have maintained or regained velocity, and Kershaw said he will devote his offseason to being as good as ever.
“I’m focused on getting outs, doing it very well and doing it efficiently,” Kershaw said. “I plan on getting back to that level I was at. If that means the velocity comes back, I’m not counting that out. It very well could. I have ideas on how I can improve on that. First and foremost, no more DL time. I’m setting my sights on that. From there, hopefully getting people out thing will take care of itself.”
Kershaw has had repeated back issues, but he said this year was relatively minor and he’s confident he can manage his condition going forward.
In the reworked deal, Kershaw will receive $31 million each year, plus another possible $4 million a year in games-started bonuses and bonuses for top-three finishes in the National League Cy Young Award voting.
The Dodgers enter the free-agent season with a corps of starting pitchers. In addition to Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood, Julio Urias, Caleb Ferguson, Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart return. Hyun-Jin Ryu is a free agent, but the Dodgers made him a qualifying offer on Friday.
For most of this decade, Kershaw has been the best pitcher of his generation and the greatest Dodgers pitcher since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, with whom Kershaw has developed a close friendship and is often compared.
Kershaw is a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, an NL MVP and a seven-time All-Star. Despite two stints on the disabled list this year, he finished with a 2.73 ERA — good for fourth in the NL had he thrown enough innings — and went 6-1 in the second half.
Despite back-to-back World Series appearances, Kershaw still hasn’t won a championship, and he was again unable to rewrite the narrative of his postseason struggles by losing Games 1 and 5 in the Fall Classic against the Red Sox. Kershaw is 9-10 in the postseason for his career.
In 11 seasons, however, Kershaw has the lowest ERA and WHIP in the live-ball era. He is 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has won five ERA titles and has led the NL in wins and strikeouts three times.