Dodgers' Kemp and Kershaw Reap Awards

Matt Kemp may not earn the National League "Most Valuable Player trophy and Clayton Kershaw may not be the N.L. Cy Young Award Winner (although they should be), the two Dodgers standouts have collected major awards from different media. That should make Dodgers Fans smile while attempting to chose between Rafael Furcal and Adrian Beltré as the current World Series continues.

Kemp had a career season in 2011, and for his efforts he was rewarded, being named the 2011 National League Hank Aaron Award winner as voted on by fans who cast ballots online on MLB.com.

The award is given to the top offensive performer in each league, and is voted on by a panel of Hall of Fame members, as well This year's Hall of Fame panel included Aaron, Joe Morgan, Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams and Robin Yount.

The Hank Aaron award has been given annually since 1999, and Kemp is the first Dodger to take home the honors. Kemp flirted with the triple crown during the final week of the season, ultimately falling short in batting average. But Kemp did lead the National League in home runs, RBI, runs scored, total bases, and OPS+.

Kemp hit 39 home runs and stole 40 bases on the season, coming very close to becoming the fifth member of the 40/40 club. Kemp earned both the home runs and stolen bases title, becoming the first player to accomplish that since Aaron himself in 1963.

Kemp was named the Major League "Player of the Year" by Baseball America. Up next for Kemp this award season is a Silver Slugger, which he won in 2009. The big prize of course is National League MVP, which won't be announced until November 22.

Kemp is BBA Player of the Year
After his spectacular season in 2011, filled with extraordinary accomplishments. Kemp can soon add the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year Award to his mantel. The annual award, which has been given since 1998, hasn't yet been announced by Baseball America, but Kemp has won according to his agency, Sports Management Partners, headed by former pitcher Dave Stewart, Kemp's agent.

Kemp became the 11th fastest in MLB history to join the 30/30 club, and ended with 39 home runs and 40 stolen bases on the season, narrowly missing becoming the fifth member of the 40/40 club. If only the Dodgers didn't get rained out in Washington D.C. on September 8, limiting the Dodgers to 161 games. He also led the National League in home runs, runs scored, RBI, total bases, and OPS+.

The National League MVP, announced until November 22, features both Kemp and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, whose team made the playoffs. The last Dodger to win the MVP award was Kirk Gibson in 1988.

Kemp is the first Dodger to win the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award.

Kershaw Warren Spahn Award Winner
Clayton Kershaw led all left-handers in wins, strikeouts and ERA, the three categories used to determine the award winner.

Kershaw
Thursday, organizers made it official, naming Kershaw the 13th winner of the award which honors the best left-handed pitcher each season.

Kershaw was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA, striking out 248. His ERA was the best in baseball for any pitcher and his wins and strikeout totals led the National League.

"It is a genuine honor to have my name mentioned alongside one of the greatest lefties in the history of the game," Kershaw said in a release. "Mr. Spahn accomplished so much both in baseball and in his life off the field. I am truly humbled by this award."

Kershaw will be presented with the award at the Warren Spahn Award Gala in January at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum.

Kershaw is the first winner to lead in all categories since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 1999, according to the release, and was the first Dodgers pitcher to win 20 games since Ramon Martinez accomplished the feat in 1990.

The Texas native made his debut as a 20-year-old in 2008 and over the last three seasons has started at least 30 games while posting an ERA under 3.00.

The award is named after Spahn, who moved to Hartshorne after his retirement and died in Broken Arrow Oklahoma in 2003. Spahn won 363 games in his 21-year career, best among left-handers.

Past winners of the award include David Price (2010), CC Sabathia (2007-09), Johan Santana (2004, 2006), Dontrelle Willis(2005), Andy Pettitte (2003) and Johnson (1999-2002).

Angels to Interview Kim Ng for GM Post
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels will interview Kim Ng for their general manager's job, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Ng would become the first female general manager in the major leagues. She previously has interviewed for the GM's job with the Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.

Angels owner Arte Moreno might have hinted at Ng in an interview last week in which he outlined his criteria for a GM.

"I think you want a good baseball man — or should I say baseball person because there are some qualified women out there — because you want to be able to evaluate talent," Moreno told the Orange County Register in his only interview since the ouster of former GM Tony Reagins.

Ng currently works in the baseball commissioner's office. She worked for the Dodgers for nine seasons, as an assistant general manager under Dan Evans, Paul DePodesta and Ned Colletti. She previously worked for the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.

The Angels also are believed to be interested in interviewing Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto and New York Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer.

Castellanos Shut Down In AFL
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos, off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League, was shut down for the rest of the year after straining his left oblique.

The 25-year-old Castellanos, acquired at the Trade Deadline from St. Louis in exchange for shortstop Rafael Furcal, was batting .379 with three homers, 13 runs scored, four steals and a 1.289 OPS in eight games when he suffered the injury.

He was replaced on the Salt River roster by another Dodgers Minor Leaguer, Brian Cavazos-Galvez.

Castellanos, a right-handed-hitting right fielder, hit a combined .320 with 23 homers and 85 RBIs in 2011 at Double-A for the two franchises. The Dodgers have considered moving him to first base.

Castellanos is expected by the club to be ready for Spring Training with no restrictions.

Bucs Tab Dodgers' Tomczyk as New Trainer
The Pirates have hired Todd Tomczyk to be the team's next head athletic trainer. Tomczyk will take the position most recently held by Brad Henderson, who was let go by the team at the end of the season.

Tomczyk, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant trainer with the Dodgers, already has ties to Pittsburgh. He is a Bethel Park, Pa. native and earned his sports medicine degree from Duquesne University.

Before joining the Dodgers, Tomczyk, 35, spent eight years as a trainer in the Indians' organization. He worked at four different Minor League levels and spent another two seasons as the organization's Minor League rehabilitation coordinator.

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