Matt Kemp joined Davey Lopes (1979) as only #Dodgers w/ 20HR & 20 SB before All-Star break since team moved to LA in 1958. #MLB
|I was 8 when rooting for this guy|
I never thought Davey Lopes hit 20 HR's in a single season. In 1979, he finished with 28 HR's, 44 SB's, a .265/.372/.465 triple-slash line, and a 128 OPS+. Reinforcing my affinity as a child, in 1986, before the Cubs traded him for the cult classic, Frank DiPino, Lopes hit .299/.419/.490, with a 144 OPS+.
Matt Kemp is a completely different athletic specimen. Davey Lopes was listed at 5'9' 170 lbs, Kemp is 6'3" 217 lbs.
|"I was born in East Providence!"|
Davey Lopes: 47 PA/HR
Matt Kemp: 26 PA/HR
Neither player gained a big advantage from their defense, and their avWAR per 600 plate appearances are almost identical:
Davey Lopes: 3.5
Matt Kemp: 3.4
Now, we'd like to see Matt Kemp compete with Davey Lopes's old mustache. That would be something.
|Good times and great hair, back in the day|
|Kemp and Lopes share a laugh.|