Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.
In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk.
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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.
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A left-handed starting pitcher, Kershaw has played in the major leagues since 2008, and his career earned run average and walks and hits per innings pitched average are the lowest among starters in the live-ball era with a minimum of 1,000 innings pitched.
In baseball, innings pitched are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is on the pitching mound in a game.
In baseball, an earned run is any run that was fully enabled by the offensive team's production in the face of competent play from the defensive team.
The live-ball era, also referred to as the lively ball era, is the period in Major League Baseball beginning in 1920, following the dead-ball era.
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With his Career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average which is the second lowest in MLB history, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player and Los Angeles Dodgers all-time leader in walks and hits per innings pitched and hits allowed per nine innings pitched, Kershaw is considered by many to be the best pitcher in MLB.
The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league.
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB draft.
He worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system in just one full season, 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 one full year.
In 2011, he 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.
Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, nicknamed "Dr. K", is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball.
Kershaw pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so.
In baseball, a no-hitter is a game in which a team was not able to record a single hit.
Being a left-handed strikeout pitcher and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kershaw has often been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
In baseball or softball, a strikeout occurs when a batter accumulates three strikes during a time at bat.
He 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 is an active participant 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.
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.
He has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work.
The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media.