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2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #21 – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

CAREER DAY 21

The Career Day – September 22, 2011.  Facing the rival Giants, Kemp had a memorable game against his foes by going 4-for-5 on the day with three doubles and a home run.  Kemp scored 3 runs and drove in 2 more in the Dodgers win.

Progress – 21/25

Jose Bautista & Matt Kemp Win Hank Aaron Award For Offensive Excellence

Jose Bautista & Matt Kemp Win Hank Aaron Award For Offensive Excellence

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) – Jose Bautista
of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers were named winners Monday of the Hank Aaron Award as the outstanding offensive players in their respective leagues.

Bautista led the majors leagues in home runs (43), slugging percentage (.608)
and walks (132).

Kemp narrowly missed winning the Triple Crown, leading the National League in home runs (39) and runs batted in (126) while finishing third in batting average
(.324).

Bautista was the first American League player since Babe Ruth in 1930 to
record at least 40 home runs, 130 walks and nine stolen bases in the same
year.

The Blue Jays slugger also won the award last year with a breakout 2010
season in which he hammered 54 home runs and batted in 124, and was able to
silence those who did not believe he could follow it up.

“More satisfying to me was just to be able to get on the field and be out
there with my team mates and contribute on a daily basis to try to help the team
win games,” he said.

“It’s not really my goal to prove anybody wrong or to come out and show the
critics wrong.”

Despite Kemp’s offensive fireworks, the Dodgers missed the playoffs after
finishing 82-79.

“Your goal is to make it to the playoffs and to get a chance to make it to
the World Series,” said Kemp. “Unfortunately our team wasn’t as good as some of these other teams that made the playoffs this year, but you want to showcase
your talents.”

“It was just one of those years that didn’t happen. There’s always next
year.”

The winners were selected through a combination of fan vote and a panel of
Hall of Famers, including Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor and
Aaron.

Dodgers Player Matt Kemp Join The ’30-30 Club’

Dodgers Player Matt Kemp Join The ’30-30 Club’

By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp crushed a long home run to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s 6-1 win over the Rockies, making him just the second Dodger to reach 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases, and the fastest to do so.

Kemp joins Raul Mondesi, who accomplished the feat in  1997 and ’99. He did so on a 3-1 pitch off lefty reliever Matt Reynolds.

As Dodger Stadium fans chanted “MVP,” Kemp took three pitches and fouled one off before he crushed the fastball 427 feet to straightaway center field.

“I’ve always thought I could do it,” Kemp said. “I can run. I can put a little bit of power in it. I just had to put it all together at the same time. It’s pretty special.”

On the season, Kemp is hitting .323 with 98 RBIs to go along with his 30 homers and 33 steals. He is in the top four in the league in all three categories.

“I’m just happy I got to do it here in L.A.,” Kemp said after the game. “The fans have always supported me. We still got a long way to go.”

No Dodger has ever reached the 40-40 club, and when Kemp was asked about the mark, he responded, “Maybe one day.”

Manager Don Mattingly praised Kemp both before and after the game, specifically noting how much Kemp’s leadership role has meant to the team.

“It’s been a tremendous season for him in all areas of his game — leadership and the whole thing,” Mattingly said. “It’s been a joy really to have Matt playing this way, and his leadership in the dugout. The presence he brings, but not only that, this guy gets ready to play every day and plays hard every day.”

The last Major Leaguer to reach the 30-30 club was Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler, in 2009.