Players Vote for Kemp and Kershaw

??Major League baseball players today announced the winners for their highest honors – the Players Choice Awards – in which the players themselves recognize their peers' most outstanding and inspiring performances. The Awards announcement was made on MLB Network during an exclusive Players Choice Awards broadcast special.

Matt Kemp was named the National League Outstanding Player after a breakout season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kemp paced all National League hitters with 115 runs, 39 home runs and 126 RBIs and became the first Dodger ever to lead the NL in all three categories. The All-Star centerfielder and second-time Gold Glove winner also stole 40 bases, collected 195 hits and batted .324 for the season, including a clutch .335 average with runners in scoring position, to secure his first Silver Slugger award. Kemp is just the fifth player in history to reach 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, 35 stolen bases, and a .310 batting average in a season, joining the company of all-time great hitters Ken Williams (1922), Barry Bonds (1992), Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Vladimir Guerrero (2002). ?

?National League Outstanding Pitcher honors were awarded to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. The lefty ace captured the National League pitching Triple Crown with a dazzling season in which he led the Senior Circuit with 21 wins (tie), a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. Kershaw's ERA and win totals were the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1988, while his strikeout total was the Dodgers' best since Sandy Koufax struck out 317 in 1966. Kershaw, a Gold Glove winner and All-Star, also finished first among National League pitchers in opposing batting average (.207) and WHIP (0.98), second in shutouts (2) and third in innings pitched (233.1) and complete games (5). ?

?Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was chosen by his peers as the 2011 Player of the Year. Michael Young was recognized for his outstanding character and charitable work as the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year. New York Yankee Curtis Granderson was honored as the American League Outstanding Player.

?Mark Trumbo received the award for American League Outstanding Rookie for his performance with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Atlanta Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel was chosen as the National League Outstanding Rookie. ?

?American League Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. Lance Berkman of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year.

Kukroda Received Offer from Carp
Nikkan Sport has reported that Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda and the pitcher is pleased about the offer.

"I'm happy that they would evaluate my contributions like that," Kuroda said. "Naturally, I'm happy. A feeling that they really want to win came across."

He is apparently deciding whether to re-sign with the Dodgers or return to the Carp. He'll be 37 next season, the Dodgers would be pleased if he decides to stay with the club. His 13-16 record last season is no indication of his performance and he had a career-low 3.07 ERA.

Kuroda must make a decision quickly so the Dodgers know how to address their off-season. That would be the one dealing with players, and not ownership.

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