Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is widely viewed as one of the top pitchers in MLB history. The left-hander has played 12 seasons since making his debut in 2008. Along the way, Kershaw’s net worth has risen substantially.
Kershaw’s net worth does not rank among the top baseball players in the world, but he is still worth quite a bit.
Clayton Kershaw’s net worth in 2020 (estimate): $60 million
As of 2020, he is valued at $60 million. The 32-year-old signed a three-year, $93 million extension with the Dodgers in November 2018 after opting out of his previous deal. Back in 2013, he was actually offered what basically amounted to a lifelong contract by the Dodgers worth $300 million, but he turned it down. He wound up signing a seven-year, $215 million extension instead.
Kershaw also has several endorsement deals going for himself, including those from Topps, Hankook Tire and Wilson Sporting Goods. He parted ways with Under Armour in 2019 to join Skechers on a multi-year partnership. As part of this deal, he promoted the brand’s first baseball cleats.
According to Forbes, in 2020, Clayton Kershaw’s salary with earnings from endorsements and sponsorships ranks him as the highest-paid MLB player in a 12-month period ending May. Between May 2019 and May 2020, Kershaw earned $27.3 million, with $26.5 million coming from salaries, while endorsement earnings generated $750,000.
Kershaw has managed to post some impressive marks over the course of his career. He’s one of three MLB players to lead the league in earned run average on five occasions. He also ranks as the first MLB player to lead the league in ERA on four successive occasions. Furthermore, he has led the National League in strikeouts and wins on three occasions.
Listing the accolades that Kershaw has earned thus far:
– 8-time All-Star
– NL MVP
– Three-time NL Cy Young Award
– Triple Crown
– Gold Glove Award
– Roberto Clemente Award
– Three-time NL wins leader
– Five-time NL ERA leader
– Three-time NL strikeout leader
Though he has enjoyed an incredible amount of regular-season success, Kershaw has had his issues in the playoffs and hasn’t yet won a World Series. He has a great chance this season, though, as the Dodgers are currently leading the Tampa Bay Rays in the Fall Classic by a count of one game to none after an 8-3 victory on Tuesday night.
Kershaw pitched six innings in Game 1, allowing two hits and one earned run while recording eight strikeouts to get the win. It was his ninth postseason start with at least six innings allowing no more than one earned run and one walk, breaking a tie with Curt Schilling and Jon Lester for the most such starts in baseball history.
Though he pitched well in Game 1, Kershaw knows there is more work to be done:
“It’s hard not to think about winning, and what that might feel like. But I think that’s what I have to do,” Kershaw said after winning Game 1, via SB Nation’s True Blue LA. “What we have to do as a team is just tomorrow. Just constantly keep putting that in your brain, ‘Tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow.’ When you do that three more times, then you can think about it all you want.”
So far in this postseason, Kershaw has recorded a 2.88 ERA in four starts, with 31 strikeouts to only three walks. The only single postseasons with more strikeouts in franchise history were by Kershaw (33 strikeouts, in 2017) and Orel Hershiser (32 strikeouts, in 1988), both coming in six games, including five starts.
A lot has been said about Kershaw’s shortcomings in the postseason, but it seems he’s trying to rewrite that narrative in this run. A World Series victory would only help Clayton Kershaw’s net worth.