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A bargain with a $500,000 salary, Kershaw did not have a bonus provision. Halladay won $75,000 for finishing second and Lee $50,000 for finishing third.

A Dallas native who still lives in Texas, Kershaw said he comes from an area where “football is king.”

Still, if kids want to emulate him, they can play baseball in the springtime.

“Anything to stay away from lacrosse, in my opinion,” he said, laughing.