A couple significant baseball stories from early this afternoon:
1) Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw was announced today as the winner of the 2011 NL Cy Young Award. He won the pitching triple crown this year with 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA.
Kershaw is 23, making him the youngest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since New York Mets RHP Dwight Gooden did at age 20 in 1985. (Gooden also won the pitching triple crown in his Cy Young Award-winning season, compiling 24 wins and 268 strikeouts to go with his 1.53 ERA.) Kershaw was born in 1988, the last time a Dodgers starting pitcher (Orel Hershisher) won the NL Cy Young Award.
Midwest League connection: Kershaw pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in 2007, when he went 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 97.1 IP.
2) Dale Sveum is going to be officially announced as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs tomorrow morning at Wrigley Field. Sveum, who was also considered for the Boston Red Sox managerial job, reportedly signed a 3-year deal with the Cubs, with an option for a fourth year (2015).
Midwest League connection: Sveum played in six games for the Beloit Brewers (now the Snappers) in 1989 as part of a rehab assignment. (He made his major-league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986.)