Originally posted on Sons of Steve Garvey  |  Last updated 10/18/11
Keep the accolades rolling on in, Matty: As measured by Baseball-Reference's adjusted OPS metric—which compares a player's OPS with the league average and then adjusts for home ballpark—Matt Kemp had the most productive offensive season by any center fielder in the last 30 years. Like Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997, Kemp led his league in homers, RBIs and runs scored. The top 10 was culled from the pool of all center fielders to qualify for the batting title for the years 1981 through 2011 (minimum: 75 percent of games in center). Bold indicates a league-leading total. Kemp's OPS+ of 171 tops the list. Ken Griffey 1993 (with the Mariners) is second, also with a 171. Griffey also has three of the top five spots on the list; Jim Edmonds (2004) is third.
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