Outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier received honors Thursday as the best hitters at their positions, the first year since 1995 (Mike Piazza and Eric Karros) that the Dodgers had a pair of winners and the first time they've had two outfielders selected in the same season. It was the first such honor for each player.
Kemp's mantle is getting crowded, as he also won his first Gold Glove Award on Wednesday. The only other Dodgers to pull off that double are catcher Russell Martin in 2007 and Dusty Baker in 1981.
Kemp's offensive credentials included career highs with 26 homers, 101 RBIs, 97 runs scored 52 walks in 159 games. He was third in the league with 34 steals and became the first Dodger in franchise history with at least 25 homers, 100 RBIs and 30 steals in the same season.
Kemp also slugged three grand slams and homered in four consecutive games. Kemp hit .297 on the season and his .362 average against left-handed pitching ranked sixth in the league. His 10 RBIs in extra innings was the most in the Major Leagues since Juan Gonzalez had 11 in 1991, and the most in the National League since Tim Wallach had 11 for Montreal in 1982.
NL SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|1B||Albert Pujols, Cards||47||135||.327|
|2B||Chase Utley, Phillies||31||93||.282|
|3B||R. Zimmerman, Nats||33||106||.292|
|SS||H. Ramirez, Marlins||24||106||.342|
|OF||Ryan Braun, Brewers||32||114||.320|
|OF||Andre Ethier, Dodgers||31||106||.272|
|OF||Matt Kemp, Dodgers||26||101||.297|
|C||Brian McCann, Braves||21||94||.281|
|P||C. Zambrano, Cubs||4||11||.217|
Ethier was just as impressive. He established career highs with 31 homers, 42 doubles, 106 RBIs, 72 walks and 92 runs in 160 games. He was sixth in the league in RBIs and tied for fifth in doubles. He became just the fourth Dodger with at least 30 homers and 40 doubles, joining Babe Herman (1930), Raul Mondesi (1997) and Karros (1999).
Ethier also had a flair for the dramatic. He led the Major Leagues with six walk-off hits, including an MLB-leading four walk-off homers that tied the Major League record also held by Jimmie Foxx (1940) and Roy Sievers (1957). His 22 homers at Dodger Stadium are a Los Angeles single-season record for a left-handed hitter.
Ethier had six multi-homer games, one with three homers, and of his 31 homers, 18 gave the Dodgers a tie or lead. He was twice named NL Player of the Week.
Together, Kemp and Ethier gave the Dodgers their first set of teammates with at least 100 RBIs since Shawn Green and Gary Sheffield in 2001.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.