Clayton Kershaw added another reward to his resume Wednesday when he was presented with his fourth Warren Spahn award, which is given to the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.
But it's nothing against the Spahn award or anything; but, it isn't really the award that Kershaw wanted to be collecting in early 2018.
"Losing is no fun," Kershaw said, referencing the loss in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, "This year more than ever I understand what it feels like to lose that seventh game; (It) keeps me coming back and wanting to win games for my team and to win a World Series – it doesn't come with complacency."
Still, Kershaw's fourth Spahn award ties Hall of Famer Randy Johnson for the most ever. Still, Johnson has that elusive World Series ring that Kershaw so desperately chases.
Kershaw, 29, turns 30 next month, and is coming off a season where he won 18 games and recorded a 2.31 ERA, striking out 202 batters in 175 innings.
He also won the Spahn award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. But according to the Cubs' Jon Lester, last year's winner, the award should have gone to the Dodgers' ace.
Should Kershaw break the record next season with his fifth Spahn award, he will do so on the award's 20th anniversary.
The Dodgers open up the 2018 season at home against the Giants on March 29 at 4:10 p.m.