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article imageLos Angeles Dodgers, Angels superstars Kershaw, Trout earn MVP

By Nate Smith     Nov 15, 2014 in Sports
Los Angeles - Los Angeles is both a city of angels, and of MVPs after the Major League Baseball's best hitter and pitcher staked claim this week to the game's highest individual honor.
Clayton Kershaw, dominant ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, and Mike Trout, anchor of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim batting order and all around five-tool phenom, were named Thursday as the Most Valuable Players of the National and American Leagues, respectively.
Kershaw and Trout also become the 11th AL/NL MVPs from the same market to win in the same year, and the first since Barry Bonds and Miguel Tejada each won the award in 2002.
For Trout, it was his first MVP award after having finished second to Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera in each of the previous two seasons.
The Angels center fielder and leadoff hitter also joins Mickey Mantle as the only two players in baseball history to log consecutive MVP runner ups, and then win the trophy the third year, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
He batted.287 for the year and drove in 111 runs, and went on to lead the American League in that category as well as runs scored and total bases. Trout was also first in the AL in Wins Above Replacement at 7.9.
It was also Kershaw's first MVP, to say nothing of his three Cy Young awards in four seasons. Coupled with his most recent Cy Young, the Dodgers hurler becomes just the 11th pitcher all time and first since Bob Gibson to carry both distinctions in the same season.
Kershaw finished 21-3 on the season with an ERA under two. It was the fourth year in a row he's posted the lowest ERA in the league. Between June and July, Kershaw didn't give up a single run over a streak that spanned 41 innings.
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