Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw may be the best pitcher in baseball after he took home his second CY Young award at just 25, but the stud left-hander would trade in his individual accolades for the most prestigious team award, a World Series ring.
“I don’t take it for granted and it’s a very cool thing,” he said, “but I’d trade it for a World Series ring. That’s where I think we’re headed and [that's] why I’m excited. A lot’s got to happen, but at least I know we’ve got a good chance.”
Kershaw’s Dodgers fell just short of reaching the World Series last season when they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series in six games.
Kershaw is aiming for perfection and wants to reduce the nine losses he had last year and wants the team to win all of his 33 starts this season after signing a $215 million dollar contract, the most lucrative contract for a pitcher in MLB history.
Some professional athletes may see their goals change after cashing in, but Kershaw is as focused as he ever has been on the team and with him leading the rotation, you have to like their chances of getting back to the postseason.