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Kershaw voted top player by major leaguers

November 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow Major League Baseball players.

The players’ union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.

Kershaw was 21-3 with an MLB-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the National League’s outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992.

Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in a pair of postseason starts against St. Louis.

The Miller award is for a player who most inspires others through his efforts on and off the field. Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, funded construction of homes for homeless children in Zambia.

Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton was voted the NL’s outstanding player and the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout was selected the American League’s outstanding player. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez was voted the AL’s outstanding pitcher.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL outstanding rookie award and the New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom was named the NL’s outstanding rookie.

Miami third baseman Casey McGehee and Seattle pitcher Chris Young were voted the top comeback players.

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