Monday, May 5, 2008

Matt Kemp Named NL Player of the Week

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 4th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America’s long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

Kemp led the National League with 11 RBI and six stolen bases and tied for the league-lead with 11 hits. The 23-year-old right fielder hit .407 (11-27) with four doubles, seven runs scored, a slugging percentage of .556 and an on-base percentage of .433. On May 2nd at Colorado, Kemp hit two 2-RBI doubles leading the Dodgers to an 11-6 victory and their seventh consecutive win. He recorded four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games and hit safely in all six games played. This marks the first time that Matt has won weekly honors, and it is the first time that a Dodger has captured this recognition since Andre Ethier won in July 2006.

Other nominees this past week included Kemp’s Dodger teammates Rafael Furcal (.393, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and Juan Pierre (.563, 3 RBI); San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez (.385, 4 HR, 6 RBI); Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (.320, 2 HR, 9 RBI), Mike Cameron (.269, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Corey Hart (.417, 3 RBI); Atlanta’s Chipper Jones (.391, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Mark Kotsay (.429, 6 RBI) and Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 SO); Pittsburgh’s Jose Bautista (.333, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Xavier Nady (.450, 7 RBI); Houston’s Lance Berkman (.333, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Hunter Pence (.261, 3 HR, 8 RBI); Florida’s Jeremy Hermida (.458, 3 RBI) and Dan Uggla (.286, 4 HR, 8 RBI); Kosuke Fukudome (.400, 3 2B, 4 RBI) and Geovany Soto (.391, 2 HR, 9 RBI) of the Cubs; Ryan Church (.300, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and Jose Reyes (.444, 3 3B, 3 RBI) of the Mets; Colorado’s Aaron Cook (2-0, 1.23 ERA, 5 SO); Philadelphia’s Chase Utley (.348, 3 HR, 5 RBI); Joel PiƱeiro (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO) of the Cardinals; San Francisco’s Aaron Rowand (.478, 2 HR, 5 RBI); and Washington’s Jon Rauch (0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 1 SO).

Tourneau, the world’s largest watch store, will award Matt Kemp with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishments as Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week.

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