Clayton Kershaw, LHP
You know him! The left-handed pitcher! Familiar.
This won't be a courtesy nod for the 35-year-old Kershaw in the style of Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols last summer (and, uh, probably Cabrera again this year). One season after starting the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium -- the first time he'd received the honor -- Kershaw has made it back to the big game on his own merits once again.
He's been slightly worse than he was in 2022, but that's tough to avoid when your 2022 first half was borderline immaculate. Kershaw's FIP has dipped to 3.37 from 2.57, but the Cooperstown Curveball (as PitchingNinja likes to call it) is still intact, and has helped him rack up 93 Ks in 76.1 innings, along with a 2.95 ERA.
Someday (sigh) Kershaw will finally lose his 100th game, unless he opts to retire before ever hitting the number. In the meantime, it's fun to marvel at his escalating win total (205) that still sits next to a minuscule 91 losses. There may never be another Kershaw, so make sure to honor him while you still can. When he's putting up All-Star numbers, he makes it easy.