Ethier, Kemp Garner 2009 MVP Votes

Andre Ethier finished sixth and Matt Kemp 10th in the 2009 National League Most Valuable Player voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Albert Pujols collected all 32 first place votes, he has finished in the top 10 in the voting in each of his nine Major League seasons, and has been fourth or better seven times.

Ethier and Kemp placed sixth and 10th, respectively, the first time since 1988 (Kirk Gibson 1st, Orel Hershiser 6th) that two Dodgers have been named in the top 10 in the same year.

Ethier was named on 24 of 32 ballots and received two second-place votes, three fourth-place votes, two fifth-place votes, five sixth-place votes, four seventh-place votes, five eighth-place votes and three ninth-place votes for 113 points.

Ethier led the Major Leagues with six walk-off hits, four of which were home runs, another record. He reached personal bests with 160 games played, 162 hits, 31 home runs, 106 RBIs, 92 runs scored, 42 doubles and 72 walks. He finished fifth in the league in doubles, sixth in RBIs and fifth with 76 extra-base hits. He batted .272 while recording a .361 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging percentage.

Kemp collected 49 points with two fourth-place votes, a fifth-place vote, two sixth-place votes, three seventh-place votes, one eighth-place vote, a ninth-place vote and two 10th-place votes.

Until the final days of the season, Kemp was on track to become the first Dodger to hit .300 with 25+ home runs and 100+ runs batted in. He came close, finishing at .297 with 26 homers and 101 RBIs, plus stealing 34 bases in 42 tries, good for third in the league. He ranked ninth in the league with 180 hits and tied for third with three grand slams. Kemp also won his first Gold Glove for fielding excellence.

The last Dodger to finish in the top 10 was third baseman Adrian Beltré who was second in 2004 and according to one writer, was first in the non-steroid winner, with Barry Bonds finishing first.

There has been only two Dodger winners in the last 41 years -- Steve Garvey in 1974 and Kirk Gibson in 1988 -- since Sandy Koufax won his third award in 1966.

The BBWA members are asked to vote for 10, and the votes are weighted 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Voting began in 1913, although no official MVP voting was conducted 1915-23 or in 1930.

  2009 NL MVP voting:
  Player  Club               1st 2nd 3rd Points
Albert Pujols, St. Louis	32  0  0  448
Hanley Ramrirez, Florida	 0  6  8  233
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia   	 0  8  6  217
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee	 0  5  9  203
Troy Tulowizki, Colorado	 0  3  6  172

Andre Ethier, Los Angeles	 0  2  0  113
Pablo Sandoval, San Fransicso	 0  0  1   89
Chase Utley, Philadelphia	 0  0  2   84
Derrek Lee, Chicago	         0  1  0   66
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles	         0  0  0   49
All-time Dodger MVPs
Dodger players have ranked in the annual MVP voting since 1913, although no official MVP voting was conducted during 1915-23 or in 1930.

For the all-time rankings, players are awarded points similar to the MVP voting, with 14 for a first place vote, nine for second, etc. Players are ranked by total points earned over their Dodgers' career.

Jake Daubert was the first winner in 1913, followed by Dazzy Vance in 1924, Dolph Camilli in 1941, Jackie Robinson in 1949, Campanella in 1951, 1953, and 1955, Don Newcombe in 1956, Maury Wills in 1962, Sandy Koufax in 1963, Steve Garvey in 1974 and Kirk Gibson in 1988.

Brackets indicate times each was picked in the top ten. The * indicates he won the MVP award: Career Player Points 35 - *Steve Garvey (5) 32 - Mike Piazza (5) 31 - *Roy Campanella (4) 30 - Duke Snider (6) 29 - Pee Wee Reese (8) 28 - *Sandy Koufax (3) 25 - *Jackie Robinson (4) 25 - *Maury Wills (4) 23 - Pedro Guerrero (3) 17 - *Don Newcombe (3) Other career vote totals--*Dolph Camilli, Pete Reiser, Dixie Walker and *Dazzy Vance 16; *Kirk Gibson, Reggie Smith; Jake Daubert 13; Tommy Davis, Don Drysdale and Jim Gilliam 12; Dusty Baker, Shawn Green, 11. Nine points--Adrian Beltré, Babe Herman, Sal Maglie and Zach Wheat. Eight--Joe Black, Gil Hodges, Mike Marshall, Lefty O'Doul and Whitlow Wyatt. Seven--Bruce Edwards, Carl Furillo, Billy Herman, Wally Moon, Mickey Owen, Manny Ramirez and Ron Perranoski. Six--Andre Ethier, Fred Fitzsimmons, Eric Karros, Eddie Murray, Wes Parker, Preacher Roe, Fernando Valenzuela and Jim Wynn. Five--Eric Gagné and Orel Hershiser. Four--Brett Butler, Kirby Higbe, Charlie Neal, Phil Regan, Eddie Stanky and Glenn Wright. Three--Ron Cey, Leo Durocher and Frank Howard. Two--Carl Erskine and Jake Fournier.. One--Al Downing, Luke Hamlin, Matt Kemp, Al Lopez, Goody Rosen. Gary Sheffield and Darryl Strawberry.

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