Clayton Edward Kershaw is a professional baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB. Clayton Kershaw currently has an approximate net worth of $52 million.
He was born in Dallas, Texas on March 19, 1988 where he grew up around sports. By the age of 10 Kerhaw’s parents divorced, leaving his mother as the single parent to raise him. This didn’t hold Clayton back from being involved in various youth sports leagues including Little League Baseball where he began to develop his craft.
He attended Highland Park High School, where he would play football as a center with future pro quarterback Matthew Stafford. Baseball was in Kershaw’s blood though, and he would go on to become a top High School prospect after posting a 13-0 record in 2006.
Texas A&M offered Kershaw a scholarship, but he would turn that down and instead become a top pick in the 2006 draft, coming in at the seventh pick by the LA Dodgers. Over the next year and a half Kershaw would receive the training he needed, working his way through the Dodgers farm system where he would emerge as one the best youngest pitchers in the MLB of all time. At the age of 20 Kershaw was officially recognized as being the youngest player within the MLB for 2 straight seasons. The youngest player to ever enter the MLB of all time however is held by Joe Nuxhall who entered the league in 1944 as a left handed pitcher, but would not accomplish what Kershaw has in such a short period of time.
Clayton officially made his debut on May 25, as the Dodgers played against the St. Louis Cardinals. He would go on to strike out the first batter that he faced which was Skip Schumaker. Since his debut in 2008, he has played for the Dodgers for his entire current Major League career and re-signed a contract back in 2012 for a whopping $19 million which is the most expensive contract that’s been given to a player in the debut year of arbitration.
Kershaw has signed numerous endorsement deals with companies like Subway, Under Amour, Rawlings, Muscle Milk, Time Warner Cable and Wilson. In 2016 Kershaw is estimated to have earned at least $2-3 million from these endorsements alone.
Kershaw will earn a base salary of $32 million with the Dodgers in 2016 with a cap of just a little over $34 million.
Awards And Accomplishments
Throughout his carer he has received prestigious awards and accolades. Some notably include:
- National League Player of the Week
- MLB ERA Champion
- National League MVP
- Roy Campanella Award
- MLB No Hitter
- Players Choice Player of the Year Award
- Sporting News Player of the Year Award
- Warren Spahn Award
- NL TSN Pitcher of the Year
Kershaw has also conducted humanitarian work throughout his career as well. For instance, in 2011 he established an orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia that he called ‘Hope’s Home’. The reason why he called it Hope’s Home was because of an 11 year old HIV stricken girl he met while he was in Zambia who went by the name of Hope. To establish the orphanage, he pledged that he would donate $100 per strikeout. He would go on to make 248 strikeouts during the year of 2011 and eventually donated $492,300 towards his initial goal of $70,000.