Clayton was the youngest player in the major leagues when he made his big-league debut for the Dodgers in 2008.
Clayton is a three-time Cy Young Award winner (2011, 2013-14), the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player and a seven-time All-Star (2011-17). He became just the ninth pitcher to win three or more Cy Young Awards since the honor was instituted in 1956 and the first pitcher ever to win the honor three times before the age of 27. In ’17, he finished second in the Cy-Young voting and has not finished lower than fifth in the last seven seasons (2011-17). Clayton made his seventh straight Opening-Day start in ‘17, tying Don Sutton and Don Drysdale for most total opening day starts by a Dodger. In 2014, he became the first National League pitcher to be honored as MVP since the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson in 1968. Clayton 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, he recorded his first career no-hitter in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win.
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.