Kemp nets Silver Slugger for monster year
Dodgers star receives honor for second time in career
LOS ANGELES -- The stream of hardware continued on Wednesday for Matt Kemp, who received his second Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award as one of the three best hitting outfielders in the National League. Kemp, who also won a Silver Slugger in 2009, is the first Dodgers outfielder to win the award multiple times since Dusty Baker did so in 1980 and '81.
Kemp, 27, batted .324 (third in the NL) with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs in 2011, leading the NL in homers, RBIs, runs scored (115) and total bases (353).
The 2011 NL All-Star also finished among the league leaders in multihit games (57, tied for first), hits (195, second), slugging percentage (.586, second), extra-base hits (76, second), stolen bases (40, tied for second), on-base percentage (.399, fourth) and walks (74, tied for eighth).
Kemp became the seventh player in Major League history to finish the season ranked in the top three in homers, batting average, RBIs and stolen bases in his respective league, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb (1907, '09-11), Honus Wagner ('08), George Sisler ('20), Chuck Klein ('32), Willie Mays ('55) and Hank Aaron ('63).
In addition, the sixth-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft was the first Dodgers player to lead the NL in home runs and RBIs since Dolph Camilli in 1941 and the first Dodgers player in history to lead the NL in homers, RBIs and runs scored.
Kemp, who hit .335 on the year with runners in scoring position, is one of five players all time to eclipse 30 homers, 35 stolen bases, 100 RBIs and a .310 average, joining Ken Williams (1922), Barry Bonds ('92), Alex Rodriguez ('98) and Vladimir Guerrero (2002).
The honor comes one day after Kemp received his second Rawlings Gold Glove Award. This year, Kemp was voted by teammates as the winner of the Roy Campanella Award, which goes to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Famer.
Kemp has since received the Hank Aaron Award, as the most outstanding offensive player in the NL; the Baseball America Player of the Year; the NL Stan Musial Award, presented by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance; was named a finalist for the Players Choice outstanding player in the NL; and was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.