The players with the longest active games played streaks in both the NBA and MLB play in Los Angeles. Derek Fisher of the Lakers has played in 436 straight games, including a league-best 314 consecutive starts. In baseball, the longest active streak belongs to none other than Matt Kemp, who has played in 204 straight contests. It might not be Ripken-esque, but Kemp has played every game since August 19, 2009.
While we got our panties in a bunch over Kemp getting benched last season, the fact is that his 150 outfield starts tied for sixth most in the National League. Kemp played 1,346 innings in the outfield in 2010, a number only topped by Hunter Pence and Chris Young. The Dodgers played 1441 2/3 defensive innings last year, meaning Kemp played 93.4% of the possible innings last year.
Since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, there have only been 26 seasons in which an outfielder played at least 90% of the innings in the field. Kemp has hit that mark in each of the last three seasons, and in 2009 he became just the second L.A. Dodger to lead the NL in outfield innings, joining Brett Butler in 1991. Butler and Kemp each have three seasons of 90% or more; the only three L.A. Dodger outfielders with more seasons are Willie Davis (six seasons), Raul Mondesi (five), and Shawn Green (four).
Green played in the highest percentage of innings of any L.A. Dodger outfielder, playing in 98.7% of defensive innings in 2000, missing just 19 innings that season. Green was quite the iron man, playing in 96.7% of innings between 2000-2003. Kemp has played more innings in the outfield in the last two years than any other National League outfielder, and over the past three years has played 93.0% of all Dodger innings.
Here are the top L.A. Dodger outfield seasons, ranked by percentage of innings played:
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