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Matt Kemp Captures Player Of The Year Honor From Baseball America

Matt Kemp had a spectacular season in 2011, filled with extraordinary accomplishments. Kemp can soon add the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year Award to his mantel. The annual award, which has been given since 1998, hasn't yet been announced by Baseball America, but Kemp has won according to his agency, Sports Management Partners, headed by former pitcher Dave Stewart.

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Kemp became the 11th fastest in MLB history to join the 30/30 club, and ended with 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases on the season, narrowly missing becoming the fifth member of the 40/40 club. If only the Dodgers didn't get rained out in Washington D.C. on September 8, limiting the Dodgers to 161 games. He also led the National League in home runs, runs scored, RBI, total bases, and OPS+.

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The big prize for Kemp would be the National League MVP, which won't be announced until November 22. Kemp is in the running along with Ryan Braun, though Kemp faces an uphill battle by not being on a team that made the playoffs. The last Dodger to win the MVP award was Kirk Gibson in 1988.

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Kemp is the first Dodger to win the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award.

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