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On April 17, Kemp hit his second career walk-off home run, doing it in the ninth inning off of St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin , on a 2—2 count that gave the Dodgers a 2—1 victory. After being one of the league leaders in home runs, stolen bases, RBIs, and batting average during the first half of the season, Kemp was voted as a starter for the National League squad in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Arizona.
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Explaining his decision, Bochy said about Kemp, "He's a guy with speed, power, a guy that can beat you with a base hit or a long ball. He's what you call a complete player — tremendous defender, but more so in the 3-hole, he can do so many things for you. He's so dangerous. Kemp hit his 30th home run of the season on August 26, and in the process became the second Dodger player of all time to hit at least 30 homers and steal at least 30 bases in the same season 30—30 club.
Kemp also scored his th run of the season, making him just the 10th L. On September 20, the Dodgers announced Kemp was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the Roy Campanella Award , which is given annually to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Roy Campanella.
Kemp wound up hitting 39 home runs in with RBIs, leading the league in both categories, the first Dodger to do so since Dolph Camilli in the season. He finished second in slugging percentage. After struggling to hit with runners in scoring position the previous year, Kemp bounced back and hit well with runners in scoring position. In at-bats with runners in scoring position, he hit. And against right-handers, he batted. Kemp started the season by winning the National League Player of the Week award for the opening weekend.
This was the third time he had won the award, and second consecutive as he had won it the final week of as well. Drew in the season and, counting the end of the previous season, he had nine straight games with an RBI, tying Roy Campanella season and Augie Galan season for the Dodgers franchise record. He was also only the second player to win the award twice to begin the season, the other being Tony Armas for the Athletics.
Kemp hit 12—22 with 4 HRs and a 1. Kemp hit his 10th home run of the season on April 25, tying Gary Sheffield 's club record for homers in April set in the season. Kemp was placed on the disabled list on May 14 because of a hamstring injury, ending his streak of consecutive games played, which was the longest in the majors at the time.
As he was still on the disabled list, Kemp did not play in the game but he did participate in the Home Run Derby for the second straight year, hitting one home run in the Derby. Kemp finally returned to the Dodgers lineup on July 13, after missing about two months with his hamstring injury.
Kemp's injury woes continued as he crashed into the outfield wall at Coors Field in Colorado on August 28, and injured both his knee and his shoulder. He finished the season batting. His 9 stolen bases were his fewest since his first season.
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After the season, Kemp underwent surgery on his sore shoulder to repair a torn labrum and some minor damage to his rotator cuff. He was told that he wouldn't be able to swing a bat again until January. Kemp recorded his 1,th career hit on May 12, , against the Miami Marlins. However, Kemp struggled out of the gate in , subsequent to his shoulder surgery in the offseason.
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On May 27, Kemp went 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts, and was booed heavily by the majority of the Dodgers crowd. Teammate Adrian Gonzalez said that Kemp was "trying too hard for the team and the fans. On May 29, Kemp injured his right hamstring in a game. He left during the seventh inning, and did not return to the game.
In that game, Kemp made a game-ending catch while reaching over his shoulder, robbing the Giants' Marco Scutaro of a hit.
He returned to the disabled list on July 8, after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired shoulder. However, he injured his ankle in a play at home plate in the ninth inning of the game. After initially expressing optimism that the injury was not serious, he again was placed on the day DL on July Kemp's ankle injury took a lot longer to heal than had been expected, and the team reported that they hoped to get him back in September.
A few days later, he experienced tightness in the same hamstring he had hurt earlier in the year, and the Dodgers shut him down indefinitely. However, he was a late scratch from a game on September 28 because of soreness in his ankle. An MRI the following day revealed major swelling in a weight-bearing bone in his ankle.
Kemp was told that if he kept playing his ankle could break and leave him with chronic problems for the rest of his career.
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He was shut down, and the team announced he would not be available for the playoffs and would have surgery to repair the problem. He appeared in only 73 games in , due to his various injuries. He hit. With the Dodgers crowded outfield situation, Kemp was the subject of much trade speculation after the season. Recovering from various injuries, Kemp sat out most of spring training and only started playing in minor league rehab games after the Dodgers left for their season-opening series in Australia.
He began the season on the disabled list, and rejoined the Dodgers for their home opener in April. Kemp struggled defensively in center field during the first couple of months of the season, a problem that came to a head after a particular bad series for him against the New York Mets in mid-May. Manager Don Mattingly was openly critical of his outfield play following the series. However, he was kept out of the lineup for five straight games as he was learning the new position, and was vocally unhappy about it. He was more comfortable in right which led to the Dodgers moving Yasiel Puig to center field.
The trade was not finalized until December 18 due to the Padres expressing some concerns over a physical which revealed Kemp had severe arthritis in both hips. Kemp played his first game with the Padres during opening day on April 6, , against his old team, the Dodgers. During that game, Kemp drove in the only 3 runs for the Padres, as the team lost to the Dodgers On August 14, , on the road against the Colorado Rockies , Kemp became the first player in the Padres' 7,game history to hit for the cycle.
In the first inning, he hit a 2-run home run to center, followed by a single and a double. He finished with a triple to center field in the top of the 9th inning, scoring Yangervis Solarte from first. He finished the night 4-for On April 11, , Kemp was placed on the day disabled list due to left hamstring tightness. For the season, he batted. Kemp finished the year hitting. The Dodgers lost the series to the Red Sox in five games. On May 4, , Kemp was released by the Reds. Kemp, in 60 at-bats, had only 12 hits and 5 RBIs, batting.
Kemp's nickname is "The Bison. The word "buffalo" was modified to " bison ", by the commenter D4P on Jon Weisman 's Dodgers blog, Dodger Thoughts,  as it is a more proper term for the North American mammal to which the moniker refers.
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It wasn't until the next day when the starting lineup did not include Kemp that baseball writer Eric Enders, also commenting in Dodger Thoughts added the capitalized article in front of the animal, completing the nickname, writing "So much for looking forward to watching The Bison tonight.
The nickname also refers to Kemp's Oklahoma roots. The bison is the official state animal of Oklahoma. In , an ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against Kemp, claiming that she had been abused by him. Kemp is involved in charities for children, even creating a community initiative called Kemp's Kids which hosted children from the Los Angeles area during several games at Dodger Stadium.
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In the late s, one of the Orioles' beat writers with a passion for basketball had grown tired of asking baseball questions, so he asked all 25 players on the team whether they had ever dunked a basketball in their lives. Granted, maybe some of them were lying, but 23 out of the 25 Orioles said they had dunked at least once. One of them was John Shelby, who is now a coach for the Brewers. He recently had knee surgery, but to prove his knee was OK, a few weeks after surgery, at age 53, he went out and dunked a basketball. I kept it to two teams. I could have made five teams and still had good basketball players left off.
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