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Now, everyone who is saying I'm just making a homer pick, bear with me for one second.
I actually think that playing for the Dodgers help's with Kemp's MVP bid. The Dodgers have been an absolute mess all year thanks to all the off-the-field issues surrounding ownership, yet Kemp, who has been accused of not being focused in the past, has been a leader in the clubhouse every step of the way.
Voters may be sympathetic to what's been going on in LA, and that may show in the voting
All that being said, there's a couple of things that still need to happen to make this prediction come true.
1. Kemp has to make the 40/40 club. Only four players in history have done this (Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano), and all have been implicated at some point or another for using steroids. Unless someone has some information about Kemp that I don't, that makes that feat even more amazing.
2. The Dodgers have to make some sort of a run towards first place. No, they are not going to make the playoffs, but if they can finish less than 10 games out of the division lead, that will help his case greatly
3. Philadelphia needs to come back to the pack some in the NL East. They are currently up by nine games, and with Howard leading the NL in RBI's while being on the heels of Kemp in the HR category with 26, the man in the middle of the Phillies attack could easily notch his second MVP.
4. Dan Uggla cannot go on another 30-game hitting streak. If Uggla wasn't hitting .173 before the streak, he would be the front runner for the MVP. In his last 30 games, Uggla has hit .380 with 12 HR's, yet he's still only hitting .231 for the season.