The Los Angeles Dodgers have been cursed this season in so many ways, from an ownership debacle to raving injuries and an anemic offense. However, they have been graced with the presence of the man who should be NL MVP: centerfielder Matt Kemp.
Kemp has torched every pitcher he has faced this season, and has a legitimate chance at the elusive Triple Crown if he puts together an incredible final three weeks of the year. At the very least, Kemp has carved his name as one of the best players in the major leagues and has had one of the best seasons in Dodger history.
All the way back to Zack Wheat and Jackie Robinson of the distant Brooklyn Dodgers, to the recent dominance of Adrian Beltre and Mike Piazza, Kemp has a reasonable chance to put up the greatest overall single-season numbers in Dodger history. Kemp will not set the record for home runs, RBIs or stolen bases, but the combination of his speed and power has been dynamite for Don Mattingly.
This is truly a Dodgers "who's who" list, so let's check out where Matt's fabulous season ranks in the history books.