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Clayton Kershaw was named the 2013 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBY) Starting Pitcher of the Year in an announcement made today by MLB.com.

The award is determined by a vote by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com, and the Society of American Baseball Research.

With twelve pitchers nominated – seven NL hurlers and five from the AL -- Kershaw received 30.6% of the vote, outpacing second place finished Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers who finished with 28.6%.

Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer finished third with 27.3%. No other pitcher received as much as 4% of the vote.

Kershaw led the Dodgers to a Western Division title, and a Divisional Series Championship before they bowed out in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 25-year old lefty led the majors in ERA for the third consecutive season, joining Greg Maddux (1993-95), and Lefty Grove (1929-31) as the only pitchers in MLB history to do so.

Kershaw also became the third National Leaguer to pace the circuit in earned run average at least three straight years. Maddux and Dodger legend Sandy Koufax – who led the league in ERA every season from 1962-66 - are the others.

In 2013 he led the NL in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), strikeouts, shutouts, and Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP) to go along with his MLB-best 1.88 ERA.

He received both the Cy Young and Warren Spahn Awards for the second time in three years.

The GIBBY Awards originated as an online program in 2002 that allowed “connected” fans to first select nominees for the various categories of awards then vote to determine the winners. The recognition was called “This Year in Baseball Awards”.

In 2010 it was renamed the Greatness In Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.

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