the national league hadn't had a pitcher win the most valuable player award since bob gibson took home the hardware in 1968. now, for the first time in my lifetime, a pitcher has won the nl mvp award and it's a guy who throws for my favorite team.
you can say that it's because giancarlo stanton got hurt towards the end of the season, but it doesn't matter. clayton kershaw is the 2014 nl mvp.
from such humble beginnings - this is his rookie card from 2008 topps update & highlights
2009 upper deck o-pee-chee
2011 topps diamond duos, with madison bumgarner
2011 topps marquee
2012 bowman chrome
came very close to sharing the award in 1955.
2013 topps toys 'r' us purple parallel
2014 topps heritage
kershaw has joined a select list of players with this award, and he also joins maury wills, koufax, steve garvey, and kirk gibson as los angeles dodgers to win the mvp. i am hopeful that in 2015 kershaw will join koufax, garvey, and gibson as a player to win a postseason mvp award as well.