Matt Kemp has been rewarded for his season as he was named the 2018 NL Comeback Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards.
It’s just a couple weeks away from the one-year anniversary of Kemp being traded back to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not many expected the 34-year-old to remain with the team beyond the new year, let alone last the entire season. He came to spring training over 40 pounds lighter than the year before, and earned his spot on the roster.
Kemp started off hot and helped the Dodgers early in the year as they righted the ship. He did cool off as the season progressed, which led to more platoon role.
He finished at .290/.338/.481 with 25 doubles, 21 home runs, 85 RBI and 1.1 WAR. Kemp was named an All-Star for the first time since 2012. He also showed a big improvement on defense.
For many fans, seeing Kemp back in a Dodgers uniform was a nostalgic sight. It’s nice to see him rewarded for his hard work.