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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is a World Series champion after his team took down the Tampa Bay Rays four games to two in the Fall Classic.

With that in mind, Kershaw is not concerned about his legacy amid his team capping its World Series title with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday.

“We won the World Series,” Kershaw said, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County RegisterI don’t care about legacy. I don’t care about what happened last year. I don’t care about what people think. …The 2020 Dodgers won the World Series. Who cares about all that other stuff?”

Kershaw sports one of the game’s best pitching resumes but has routinely received criticism for his postseason performance (4.19 ERA) versus his regular-season output (2.43 ERA).

That doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s arguably the game’s best pitcher this century, and he got a well-deserved shout-out from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James afterward:

LeBron James @KingJames

Oh and yeah Put some RESPECT ON @ClaytonKersh22 name!! Now and FOREVER!!

The left-hander’s legacy was clearly Hall of Fame worthy even if he didn’t win a World Series, but the title adds yet another line to his sterling resume:

SB Nation @SBNation

Clayton Kershaw 🏆🐐 https://t.co/p3wnvn8Mef

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Clayton Kershaw became just the 3rd starting pitcher to earn 2 wins and strike out at least 1/3 of the batters he faced in a single World Series.

He joined Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax (2x).

He’s the first pitcher to do so on the winning team and not win WS MVP. https://t.co/Ty2XpyTdQ1

He also dominated throughout the 2020 postseason, striking out 37 batters over five starts en route to a 4-1 record and 2.93 ERA.

Los Angeles won both of his World Series starts in Games 1 and 5.

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