Ethier, Kemp among top 10 in MVP voting

Ethier, Kemp among top 10 in MVP voting

LOS ANGELES -- Right fielder Andre Ethier and center fielder Matt Kemp gave the Dodgers a presence in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting by finishing in the top 10 on Tuesday.

Ethier and Kemp placed sixth and 10th, respectively, in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Ethier, named on 24 of 32 ballots, received two second-place votes, three fourth-place votes, two fifth-place votes, five sixth-place votes, four seventh-place votes, five eighth-place votes and three ninth-place votes for 113 points.

Kemp collected 49 points with two fourth-place votes, a fifth-place vote, two sixth-place votes, three seventh-place votes, one eighth-place vote, a ninth-place vote and two 10th-place votes.

Ethier led the Major Leagues with six walk-off hits, including four home runs, which represented another record. He reached personal bests with 160 games played, 162 hits, 31 home runs, 106 RBIs, 92 runs scored, 42 doubles and 72 walks. He finished fifth in the league in doubles, sixth in RBIs and fifth with 76 extra-base hits. He batted .272 while recording a .361 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging percentage.

Kemp hit .297 with 26 homers and 101 RBIs, besides stealing 34 bases -- third in the NL -- in 42 tries. He ranked ninth in the league with 180 hits and tied for third with three grand slams. Kemp also won his first Gold Glove for fielding excellence.

2009 National League MVP voting
Player 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Albert Pujols, STL 32 448
Hanley Ramirez, FLA 15 5 3 3 2 3 1 233
Ryan Howard, PHI 6 8 7 5 1 3 1 217
Prince Fielder, MIL 5 9 7 3 1 3 1 3 203
Troy Tulowitzki, COL 3 6 5 5 5 1 1 172
Andre Ethier, LAD 2 3 2 5 4 5 3 113
Pablo Sandoval, SF 1 2 5 5 6 1 4 89
Chase Utley, PHI 2 2 1 5 4 3 1 84
Derrek Lee, CHC 1 3 3 2 2 5 66
Matt Kemp, LAD 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 49
Ryan Braun, MIL 3 1 2 4 6 43
Adrian Gonzalez, SD 1 1 3 2 5 30
Todd Helton, COL 1 1 1 1 2 28
Chris Carpenter, STL 1 2 1 2 1 25
Adam Wainwright, STL 1 2 1 2 16
Matt Holliday, STL 1 1 2 15
Jayson Werth, PHI 1 1 10
Shane Victorino, PHI 2 8
Tim Lincecum, SF 1 1 2 8
Yunel Escobar, ATL 1 6
Mark Reynolds, ARI 1 1 1 6
Joey Votto, CIN 1 4
Yadier Molina, STL 1 3
Miguel Tejada, HOU 1 3
Huston Street, COL 1 2
Justin Upton, ARI 1 2
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS 2 2
Jeremy Affeldt, SF 1 1
Chris Coghlan, FLA 1 1
Brad Hawpe, COL 1 1

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.