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Matt Kemp Goes 30/30

Matt Kemp is having the season of his life. He had long been considered a man with an astounding amount of natural ability, but for whatever reason, he lacked the consistency needed to translate those skills into a full season of dominance. Those days seem to be behind him.

Kemp's home run Friday night marked the 55th time in Major League history in which a player joined the single-season 30/30 club, meaning he has belted at least 30 home runs and stolen at least 30 bases. It is quite an accomplishment, and it is the goal of every guy who considers himself to be a complete player from an offensive standpoint. There is nothing more dangerous than a guy who can blend speed and power into one package, and Kemp might be the best in the game at doing just that.

If he can continue his torrid pace, Kemp has a shot at joining an even more exclusive club by season's end. As it stands right now, he needs nine more home runs and just six more stolen bases to join Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, and Alfonso Soriano in the 40/40 club.

If the season ended right now, Kemp would get my vote for NL MVP. He has been a one man wrecking crew at the plate, and the fact that he even stands a chance to go 40/40 is indicative of just how consistent he has been.

In fact, the only guy who might be having a better season from a speed/power combo is my vote for AL MVP: Curtis Granderson. Grandy has 38 home runs and 24 stolen bases as I write this article, so he also appears to be on his way to a 30/30 campaign. And, though it seems like a slim chance, if he can somehow pull off stealing 16 bases in the next month, he could be a 40/40 guy as well.

Both players are uniquely talented and fun to watch. But which would you rather have on your team right now? I don't have a dog in this fight, so I'll let you decide: Kemp or Granderson? Tweet me @rwags614 and let me know who you want patrolling center field for your team.

Matt Kemp is having the season of his life. He had long been considered a man with an astounding amount of natural ability, but for whatever reason, he lacked the consistency needed to translate those skills into a full season of dominance. Those days seem to be behind him.

Kemp's home run Friday night marked the 55th time in Major League history in which a player joined the single-season 30/30 club, meaning he has belted at least 30 home runs and stolen at least 30 bases. It is quite an accomplishment, and it is the goal of every guy who considers himself to be a complete player from an offensive standpoint. There is nothing more dangerous than a guy who can blend speed and power into one package, and Kemp might be the best in the game at doing just that.

If he can continue his torrid pace, Kemp has a shot at joining an even more exclusive club by season's end. As it stands right now, he needs nine more home runs and just six more stolen bases to join Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, and Alfonso Soriano in the 40/40 club.

If the season ended right now, Kemp would get my vote for NL MVP. He has been a one man wrecking crew at the plate, and the fact that he even stands a chance to go 40/40 is indicative of just how consistent he has been.

In fact, the only guy who might be having a better season from a speed/power combo is my vote for AL MVP: Curtis Granderson. Grandy has 38 home runs and 24 stolen bases as I write this article, so he also appears to be on his way to a 30/30 campaign. And, though it seems like a slim chance, if he can somehow pull off stealing 16 bases in the next month, he could be a 40/40 guy as well.

Both players are uniquely talented and fun to watch. But which would you rather have on your team right now? I don't have a dog in this fight, so I'll let you decide: Kemp or Granderson? Tweet me @rwags614 and let me know who you want patrolling center field for your team.