The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that Matt Kemp will be depicted on the third and final bobblehead promotion of 2009. The first 50,000 fans in attendance on Wednesday, August 19, when the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals, will receive the Kemp bobblehead, compliments of Dodgers banking only at Bank of America.
Kemp is in his third full season in the majors, and is a career .301 hitter with 43 home runs and 176 RBI in 368 games since making his big league debut in 2006. The 24-year-old is batting .308 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 63 games this year. His 14 stolen bases rank fifth in the National League. He has started 60 of the Dodgers 64 games, all but one in centerfield. The Oklahoma native was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2003 draft.
Kemp in 2008 launched his community initiative entitled Kemp’s Kids, hosting children from local Boys and Girls Clubs at a number of games throughout the season. Thus far in 2009, the children he has hosted are from West San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club, Salesian Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, and Variety Boys and Girls Club.
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers
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