Clayton was the youngest player in the major leagues when he made his big-league debut for the Dodgers in 2008.
Clayton is the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time Cy Young Award winner (2011, 2013-14) and six-time All-Star (2011-16). He is just the ninth pitcher to win three or more Cy Young Awards since the honor was instituted in 1956 and became the first pitcher ever to win the honor three times before the age of 27. In 2014, Clayton became the first National League pitcher to be honored as MVP since the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson in 1968. He won the Majors’ ERA title in four consecutive seasons from 2011-14, becoming the first-ever pitcher to do so. On June 18, 2014 vs. Colorado at Dodger Stadium, Clayton recorded his first career no-hitter in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win. Finishing fifth in the voting for the Cy Young Award in ’16, he posted an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA (24 ER/121.0 IP) in 16 starts before going on the disabled list on July 1 (mild herniated disc, lower back), and went 1-2 with a 0.96 ERA (3 ER/28.0 IP) in five starts after his return on September 9. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in Game Five of the ’16 NLDS vs. the Cubs, Clayton became the third pitcher ever to register a save in a winner-take-all postseason game with no previous career saves (in either the regular or postseason), joining David Price (2008 ALCS G7) and Madison Bumgarner (2014 WS G7).
Honored in 2012 with a Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, recognizing players who best represent the game through positive contributions both on and off the field. He founded Kershaw’s Challenge to encourage people to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children and communities in need.