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For eight years starting in 2012, Matt Kemp gets to strut around Chavez Canyon in California and know that he has become the richest Los Angeles Dodger in team history. Early in 2012, Kemp signed an 8-year, $160 million dollar deal to roam the field for the Dodger blue and pester pitchers with that award-winning bat of his.
Kemp earned the bragging rights by tattooing the ball all over the field during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. His numbers included a .324 percentage at the plate – fearsome in any pitchers eyes. He jacked 39 home runs in a charitable effort to rest tired opposing team outfielders and he stole 39 bases – much to the chagrin of shortstops and second baseman who had to see him coming as the same time as the ball.
The Oklahoman was chosen by the Dodgers in 2003 during the sixth round. After three apprentice years in the minors, Kemp moved up to the dance in 2006. The two-sport high school star specialized in both basketball and baseball back in those day but decided to apply his baseball persona for profit.
Kemp had to add a new trophy shelf to the house after the 2011 season. He collected the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year Award. He earned the National League honor as the top hitter in the league, collecting the Hank Aaron Award. His stinginess on the field also garnered him a Gold Glove and he landed the Silver Slugger Award, coming in second to Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kemp hopes to replicate the batting numbers he had then. With one month done out of the 2012 season, Kemp has already posted 12 home runs. That new contract may be the reason why Kemp keeps on hitting. Maybe he just wants that MLB Most Valuable Player Award outright instead of coming in second.