Dodgers’ Matt Kemp trying to win Triple Crown

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“Just look at the game of baseball,” Mattingly said. “The last time it was done was ‘67. Right there that tells you a lot. A lot of great players have come through the league and done a lot of good things. But to be able to put this combination together is huge.”

Heath Bell, the Padres‘ 33-year-old closer, marvels at the difficulty of a Triple Crown.

“Think of it this way _ 1967. That was 10 years before I was even born, and I’m not one of the young guys in the league,” he said. “He’d be doing something that none of the great players in the last 40-some years did. That’s pretty mind blowing, pretty impressive.”

Said Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly: “It would be an unreal ending to what has already been a great year. Just on its own, this season has been tremendous. Now you add the Triple Crown and that puts it in a completely different category all by itself.”

Kemp has hit well at Chase Field, where he has a career average of .304 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 148 at-bats.

“It would be unbelievable if I could do this,” Kemp said.

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