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Kemp shoots for 2012 MVP ... and 50-50

Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 4:23 pm
Matt Kemp fell one home run short of 40-40, and he fell just short of winning the Most Valuable Player award in the National League.

His solution?

"50-50," Kemp said on a conference call Tuesday. "I'm going to go 50-50. You all created a monster."

No player in baseball history has ever had 50 home runs and 50 steals in the same season. Alex Rodriguez came the closest, with 42 home runs and 46 steals with the Mariners in 1998. Only three other players have had a 40-40 season: Jose Canseco with the 1988 A's, Barry Bonds with the 1996 Giants and Alfonso Soriano with the 2006 Nationals.

"Anything can happen," Kemp said. "I'm going to set my limits high. Yes, I'm serious. I know you're thinking I'm crazy, but I'm going to take it to another level."

Kemp said finishing second in the MVP vote would serve as motivation, but he didn't criticize voters for selecting Braun, and said that he felt Braun was a deserving winner. Braun received 20 of the 32 first-place votes, with Kemp getting 10 and Prince Fielder and Justin Upton splitting the other two.

"I'm happy for Braun," Kemp said. "He's one of my favorite players. He's a great player."

Then, referring to his new eight-year, $160 million contract with the Dodgers, Kemp added: "I've got eight more years in LA to try to win one."

Kemp led the National League in home runs and RBI, and finished third in the batting race behind Jose Reyes and Braun. But Kemp's Dodgers were a non-factor in the pennant race, at 82-79, while Braun's Brewers won the NL Central.

"I respect the decision," Kemp said. "I just have to have an even better season next year, and make the playoffs, so I can make the decision easier for them."

And 50-50 wouldn't hurt.

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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Kemp shoots for 2012 MVP ... and 50-50

Your choice to start a new team, Kemp or Braun, it will be Kemp every time, his upside is flat out higher.  Braun is more consistent but he would be laughed at if he held a news ocnference and said he's shooting for 50/50 in 2012.  I don't hear anyone laughing at Kemp's bold prediction, my only question is now that is set financially for life will he do what it takes to be a factor at 100 percent all season long?  We'll know the answer to that by June or July of next year.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:59 pm

Kemp shoots for 2012 MVP ... and 50-50

think I'll get Kemp in the 3rd Rd of my fantasy draft in 2012? LOL

I guess if he's going for 50-50, I'll have to blow my wad on Kemp in the 1st Rd!

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