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Matt Kemp joins the 30/30 club

Aug 27, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

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Matt Kemp homered Friday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Rockies to become the 55th player in big-league history to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season.

Kemp took Matt Reynolds deep in the seventh inning to reach 30 homers for the first time.  His previous high was last year’s 28.

Kemp, who entered the game with 33 steals, is the first player to go 30/30 since the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler in 2009 and the first National Leaguer since Brandon Phillips, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright all got there in 2007.

He’s the first Dodger to pull off the feat since Raul Mondesi in 1999.

Kemp has an outside chance of joining Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano in the 40-40 club.  The seven steals shouldn’t be all that difficult, but he will need 10 homers in 32 games, which means he’ll have to get hot.

35/35 is more realistic, and while those aren’t magic numbers, he’d be the first player to get there since Soriano had his 46-homer, 41-steal season in 2006.

  1. dannomac21 - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    stud

  2. Jeff M. - Aug 27, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    This just in: Matt Kemp is good at baseball.

  3. cup0pizza - Aug 27, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    The Dodgers are gonna have both the NL MVP & Cy Young.

  4. Lukehart80 - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Minor correction, Matthew: This is the 55th 30/30 season in baseball history, but Kemp is only the 35th player to turn the feat, making it an even more exclusive club.

    Kemp is having a monster season, I hope the Dodgers many problems that are entirely outside Kemp’s control don’t keep him from receiving serious MVP consideration.

  5. prionogenic - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Wow those are incredible numbers.

    Looking at the list of other 30/30 guys, it’s crazy to think back to Jimmy Rollin’s great 2007 season, when he won the MVP. That year he netted 5.0 offensive WAR, which by all accounts is excellent, but then consider, Albert Pujols in his 11 year CAREER is averages about 7.5 per season.

  6. theonlynolan - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Barry Bonds also had a 40/40 season.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Fixed. Thanks.

  7. dirtydirty7 - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Kemp for MVP? Maybe, but I’m not sold on the Dodgers deserving an MVP and Cy Young winner in the same year.

    How about a guy no one’s considering from the Brewers? Everyone always wants to talk about Fielder, but what about Braun?

    The guys’ hitting 10 points higher than Kemp, their HR and RBI aren’t separated by much when you consider the fact Kemp’s played in 9 more games this year than Braun.

    Braun’s also on pace for a 30/30 season of his own. He’s already got 30 steals this season. He’s also scored 9 more runs than Kemp this year, has half as many strikeouts as Kemp, and a higher OPS.

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