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After last year's campaign that saw Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers finish just one homer shy of a 40/40 season, Kemp has gotten off to a flying start this year with six homers in his first 11 games. This, of course, is leading to various reporters from major outlets pondering the possibility of Kemp having a 50/50 year. To those reporters, I say...are you kidding me? Matt Kemp is currently in his prime, at 27 years old. He's never had  a 40 homer season during his career, with the 39 he hit last season marking a career high. In the minor league, his career high in homers for a season is 27. Now, I'm well aware that power matures as you age, but Kemp has no history that would indicate that he's a 50 homer player. In the last ten seasons, there have been a total of eight 50 homer seasons: one each from Jose Bautista, Jim Thome, Andruw Jones, David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, and Prince Fielder, and two from Alex Rodriguez. Out of those 50 homer seasons, only one of them...
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