11/03/11 9:39 PM EST
Kemp, Kershaw win Players Choice Awards
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
All 2011 Players Choice Award winners will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players. The trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement.
Kemp was voted by teammates as winner of the Roy Campanella Award, which goes to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Famer. Since the season ended, Kemp has also received a Gold Glove; Silver Slugger; the Hank Aaron Award, as the most outstanding offensive player in the NL; the Baseball America Player of the Year; the NL Stan Musial Award, presented by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance; and he was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team.
Kemp, 27, batted .324 (third in the NL) with 39 home runs and 126 RBIs in 2011, leading the National League in homers, RBIs, runs scored (115) and total bases (353). The 2011 NL All-Star also finished among league leaders in multihit games (57, tied for first), hits (195, second), slugging percentage (.586, second), extra-base hits (76, second), stolen bases (40, tied for second), on-base percentage (.399, fourth) and walks (74, tied for eighth).
Kemp became the seventh player in Major League history to finish the season ranked in the top three in homers, batting average, RBIs and stolen bases in their respective league, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb (1907, 1909-11), Honus Wagner (1908), George Sisler (1920), Chuck Klein (1932), Willie Mays (1955) and Aaron (1963).
In addition, he was the first Dodger to lead the NL in home runs and RBIs since Dolph Camilli in 1941 and the first Dodger in history to lead the NL in homers, RBIs and runs scored. He is one of five players all-time to eclipse 30 homers, 35 stolen bases, 100 RBIs and a .310 average, joining Ken Williams (1922), Barry Bonds (1992), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Vladimir Guerrero (2002).
Kershaw, also a 2011 All-Star, won the NL's pitching Triple Crown, 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.
His wins and ERA were the best for a Dodgers starting pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1988 and his strikeout total was the best for a Dodger since Koufax in 1966. Kershaw went 13-1 over the second half, 12-1 at Dodger Stadium and finished the season with eight consecutive wins.
Kershaw, 22, won a Gold Glove earlier this week; was named winner of the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in MLB; was named to The Sporting News NL All-Star team; and was a finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.