With each award comes another watch, and Kemp just became the first player to win three in a row (dating back to the final week of last season) and the first National League player to open a season with two of them.
"I forgot I got it the last week of last season until somebody tweeted it," Kemp said.
Kemp, who hit .545 with four homers last week, entered play Tuesday leading the Major Leagues in average (.487), runs (13), hits (19), home runs (six), RBIs (16), on-base percentage (.523), slugging percentage (1.026) and total bases (40).
"I'm feeling really good," he said. "I'm just being patient. I'm studying video to see what everybody is trying to do, finding a pitch and hitting it hard and driving it. I'm not trying to hit home runs, just put the bat on the ball and let my strength take over. I used to be that guy going to the plate trying to hit home runs, but the result was never that good. Now, whatever happens, happens."
Kemp seems amused that his 50/50 prediction from Spring Training still has legs in the media, although he hasn't backed down from it.
"I'd be happy if I don't get 50/50 and we get in the playoffs," he said. "But anything's possible."