The thing is, I believe most of the media who get an MVP vote feel, like I do, that pitchers have their own MVP award--the Cy Young Award. But in a year in which the two other leading candidates--Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton--lost three weeks or more due to injuries, the time was ripe to give Kershaw the MVP hardware. It almost had the feeling of a lifetime achievement award for Kershaw to honor what has been an off-the-charts start--already 3 Cy Young Awards--to a young career.
In case you disagree with me, allow me to present Exhibit A of why I believe Stanton or McCutchen should have won the MVP Award. Nobody had a more remarkably dominating season than Dwight Gooden in 1985 in this generation. He was the closest thing to Bob Gibson's 1968 season, generally considered the greatest of all-time. And just who took home the MVP in '85? The great Willie McGee! Trust me, for a pivotal as McGee was to the St Louis Cardinals winning the pennant that year, he was certainly no more valuable than McCutchen was to the Pirates making the postseason this year. And Stanton's worth to the Marlins, while not a playoff team, was tremendous.
Thus, if Gooden didn't win the MVP in '85, Kershaw shouldn't have won it this year.