Kershaw, Kemp up for Players Choice Awards
Ace pitcher, star outfielder recognized for stellar seasons
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp are finalists for the 2011 Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field.
Winners of the 2011 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on the MLB Network on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-6 p.m. PT during the broadcast of The 2011 Players Choice Awards Presented by 2K Sports. The Players Choice Awards program benefits the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The program will be hosted by MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds.
Kershaw is a finalist for National League Outstanding Pitcher, along with Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and Arizona's Ian Kennedy.
Kershaw won the National League's Triple Crown for pitching, leading the league with 21 wins (tied), a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. Sandy Koufax and Dazzy Vance are the only other Dodgers pitchers to win the Triple Crown. Kershaw also was among league leaders in opponents batting average, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts and WHIP.
Kemp is a finalist for NL Outstanding Player, along with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Arizona's Justin Upton.
Kemp contended for the NL Triple Crown for hitting into the final week, finishing first with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs and third with a .324 average. He led the league in runs scored and total bases and was among league leaders in steals, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and hits.
Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com or visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.
The last Dodger to win a Players Choice Award was Nomar Garciaparra, who won the 2006 NL Comeback Player.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.