Things have come full circle. And the Los Angeles Dodgers have more hardware in their trophy case to boast about. Matt Kemp has been named the 2018 National League Comeback Player of the Year. The award was voted on by his fellow players in the National League.
Here is the clip from the player’s association official twitter account to commemorate Kemp’s lofty achievement:
After an offseason trade brought him back to his roots, he spent the 2018 season thriving in the heart of the @Dodgers lineup hitting .290 BA | 21 HR | 85 RBI.
— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) November 28, 2018
Nevertheless, Kemp was thought to be a footnote after a trade brought him from the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moreover, there were whispers the Dodgers were looking to unload him in a trade for further salary relief.
Then, Kemp just sort of played his way into relevancy with the 2018 Dodgers. He homered in their first game of the spring. During stretches in the season’s first half, he helped carry an inconsistent offense. His .874 OPS and .310 average saw him named to the All-Star team for the first time since 2012.
In all, Kemp finished with a .290 average and 21 home runs. Several of the regular season’s most prominent moments were his doing. It ended up being a romantic homecoming.
Kemp is the second Dodger to win this player’s choice award since Nomar Garciaparra took it home in 2006.
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