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Silver & Gold: Matt Kemp Wins Silver Slugger Award

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Matt Kemp is collecting awards by the bushel this offseason.
Matt Kemp is collecting awards by the bushel this offseason.

The Matt Kemp trophy case continues to grow, as the center fielder and National League MVP candidate was awarded on Wednesday with his second career Silver Slugger Award. Much like the Gold Glove Awards, the Silver Slugger is voted upon by managers and coaches, with the caveat that one can't vote for a player on their own team.

This is the second Silver Slugger for Kemp, who also earned a commemorative silver bat in 2009. Just like two seasons ago, Kemp won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the same year, joining Dusty Baker (1981) and Russell Martin (2007) as the only Dodgers to do so.

Kemp has had quite the offseason:

  • Baseball America MLB Player of the Year
  • National League Hank Aaron Award
  • Sporting News National League All-Star
  • National League Gold Glove Award
  • National League Silver Slugger

Up next for Kemp is The National League Outstanding Player in The Players Choice Awards, to be announced on Thursday night. Kemp is a finalist along with Ryan Braun and Justin Upton.

The big prize is NL MVP, which will be announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, November 22.