Matt Kemp, but your petty, childish temper tantrum doesn’t change anything. National League home run leader Ryan Braun is better than you. I’d like to say he’s a better man thanks to the classy way he responded when asked about this nonsense, but it is impossible for one man to know what’s in another’s heart…or head.
What I do know is that, while you are extending your pout over Braun’s 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Award to a bizarre selection of a sans Braun Home Run Derby roster, the reigning MVP took the high road when asked if you’d approached him about being on the National League’s Derby team.
According to Bleacher Report, when asked, Braun’s reply was, “I’m just excited to watch it.”
Not too tough to translate that.
As captain of the National League Home Run Derby team it is Kemp’s right to select any player to be on the team for any reason. However, rather than wonder why Kemp did what he did, let us return to the premise of the post and take a look at the two careers. Following are the seasonal, 162-game averages, according to baseball-reference.com, of each player’s performance since they entered the big leagues. Kemp’s rookie year was 2006 and Braun’s was 2007.
Hits: Braun, 199; Kemp, 174
Doubles: Braun 40, Kemp, 29
Triples: Braun 6, Kemp, 6
Home Runs: Braun 37, Kemp, 28
Batting Average: Braun, .311; Kemp, .296
On-Base Perecentage: Braun, .373; Kemp, .354
Slugging Percentage: Braun, .566; Kemp, .505
OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage): Braun, .939; Kemp, .859
Total Bases: Braun, 361, Kemp, 129
Braun’s better. Nothing Kemp ever does or doesn’t do will change that.