Kemp, Kershaw have eyes on crown jewels
Dodgers duo aims to put NL MVP, Cy Young Awards on mantle
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp leads Clayton Kershaw, 6-4.
That's the current scoreboard in their postseason awards competition, with the big announcements of National League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young still to come.
The duo is cleaning up on hardware. It started before the season even ended when Kemp was voted by teammates as winner of the Roy Campanella Award, which goes to the Dodgers player that best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Famer.
Since the season ended, Kemp has received the Hank Aaron Award as the most outstanding offensive player in the NL; the Baseball America Player of the Year Award; the NL Stan Musial Award, presented by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance; was named a finalist for the Players' Choice outstanding player in the NL and was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team.
Kershaw, meanwhile, was named winner of the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues; was named a finalist for the Players' Choice outstanding pitcher in the NL; was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team and was a finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Both players are up for the crown jewels of postseason awards -- Kemp contending for NL MVP honors and Kershaw for the NL Cy Young. Kemp also figures for a Silver Slugger Award and possibly Gold Glove honors in center field.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.