A Guest Blog from Roger Sobin (aka RodgerDodger):
Matt Kemp entered baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers via the draft in 2003. After spending some time in the minor leagues he entered the major leagues in 2006 playing in 52 games for the Dodgers at the age of 21
I believe that from the beginning of his dream to play baseball in the major leagues was a dream that he might make it to baseball’s Hall of Fame. And that dream might still be there inside of him as he is now 29 years old. (And one probably cannot do that if one is playing as one of four outfielders.)
The question we ask – is this possible? Maybe. If he can play at a sustained level for 6 years (till he is 35) that he is under contract with the Dodgers he just might have a chance. Here is where he is and what he needs to reach Hall of Fame traditional numbers:
- Hits 1,033 to reach 2,000 – needs 967 == 160 per season
- HRs 157 to reach 500 – needs 343 == 57 per season
- RBIs 559 just get a bunch
- B Avg. 293 keep it steady
OK, the 160 hits is within reach for the next six seasons. The 500 home runs might not be, but even hitting 400 would be nice. Remember Duke Snider only hit 407 and he is in Hall of Fame.
A key element for Matt Kemp would be to “play” like a star player in the major leagues.
- To have at least one year being voted Most Valuable Player.
- To win at least one batting crown (average wise).
- To be voted to a number of All-Star games.
- To have a number of Silver Slugger awards and Golden Glove awards.
- To play in the post season and be named MVP in some of them.
- To have some memorable hits in winning key games as a Dodger.
To say in the end, from age 29 to 36, that Matt Kemp was one of the most valuable, important, key players in major league baseball. If so, he might have a chance. And to do so would be a key element in keeping the Los Angeles Dodgers on top of all baseball.