All eyes were on Kemp to emerge as the National League’s best player entering 2012, following a career year in 2011 (more on that later), the fallout from Ryan Braun’s performance enhancing drug fiasco and the defections of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder to the American League.
He certainly didn’t shy away from the pressure, proclaiming that a 50/50 season was in his sights. While that goal seems to be all but impossible after stealing only two bases through the Dodgers’ first 25 games, Kemp has delivered arguably the best April of any player in baseball history, complete with a franchise-record 12 home runs.
Building off of last season’s success, Kemp, once again, has baseball fans and experts thinking Triple Crown. While the odds of that happening are slim, it’s not too early to start thinking about Kemp having the best season in the franchise's 54 years since moving to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.
Let’s take a look at the 10 best individual offensive seasons in L.A. Dodgers history, seasons that Kemp’s 2012 will eventually be measured up against.