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It was the 10th Cy Young won by the Dodgers, following Don Newcombe (1956), Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965 and 1966), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Hershiser and Eric Gagne (2003).
Kershaw doesn't agree with comparisons to Koufax, the greatest left-handed in Dodgers history.
"I'm still uncomfortable with it," he said. "I don't want to have any disrespect for Mr. Koufax. He did it for a long time. He won a lot of awards and he won World Series. He threw no-hitters. Just a lot of things I'm not anywhere close to accomplishing yet. I have tremendous respect for him and would never want to ever put myself in the same category as him."
A bargain with a $500,000 salary, Kershaw did not have a bonus provision. Halladay won $75,000 for finishing second and Lee $50,000 for finishing third.
A Dallas native who still lives in Texas, Kershaw said he comes from an area where "football is king."
Still, if kids want to emulate him, they can play baseball in the springtime.
"Anything to stay away from lacrosse, in my opinion," he said, laughing.
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