Thursday, September 29, 2011

Joses Reyes bunts Matt Kemp out of the Triple Crown

"No National League player has won the triple crown since Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937. The last player to win it was Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967."

All thanks to a Jose Reyes bunt, that stayed the same.

What a shame.

Okay all jokes aside, Kemp didn't have a chance to catch Reyes last night, but he had an unbelievable season.

Entering the season finale, Kemp 27, had a league-leading 124 runs batted in, was tied for the league lead in home runs with 38 and was third in the batting race at .324. On Wednesday night, he hit his 39th homer and drove in two runs to give him 126 R.B.I.

Kemp finished behind Jose, the N.L. batting leader, by .013 points. 

More coverage from The New York Times: 
Standout Season Amid a Trying Year

While his team struggled, outfielder Matt Kemp of the Dodgers had a huge season, putting up M.V.P. numbers and nearly winning the Triple Crown.
 Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America, via Getty Images

Smilin' Ducky (left) and No-Spaz Yaz still hold the
records Matt Kemp very quietly almost snapped this season.

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