Kemp Adds Name to RBI Records

Ethier and Kemp ...  top 2009 RBI duo

Andre Ethier had four of big RBI months in 2009 -- 22 in April and June, 21 in August and 19 in September-October -- but Matt Kemp topped the list with 27 runs batted in during the month of August. His effort put him on the all-time Los Angeles top 20.

  Ethier and James Loney (May) tied for second in '09 and Ethier also claimed fifth with 21 in August.

Orlando Hudson knocked in 19 runs in May, just over 30% of his season's total of 62. couldn't match his 2007 performance, but he earned three spots on the 2008 top 10 marks, driving in 19 in April and July and 17 in September.

Manny Ramirez knocked in 28 in September and 25 in August, 2008 and his performance in September tied him for ninth on the all time L.A. list.

James Loney who knocked in 32 runs in September of 2007 -- compiling 37% of his entire seasons total -- and put his name in third place on the Los Angeles list, trailing only Frank Howard (41) and Mike Marshall (37). His efforts puts him in good company on the all-time list along with with a couple of fair sluggers named Roy Campanella and Duke Snider.

2009 RBI Months
27—Matt Kemp, August
22—Andre Ethier, April
22—James Loney, May
22—Andre Ethier, June
21—Andre Ethier, August

19—Orlando Hudson, May
19—Andre Ethier, Sept-Oct
18—Juan Pierre, May
18—Matt Kemp, July
17—Manny Ramirez, July

Kemp on all-time Chart
Matt Kemp's 27 RBI in August put him in a tie for 13th on the all-time list along with Wes Parker, May 1972; Mike Piazza in September-October 1993, August 1997 and September-October of 1997; Eric Karros in July of 11097 and June on 1998 and Raul Mondesi in May of 1998.

Snider and Howard who each knocked in 41 runs and hold the top RBI per month record. Snider knocked in 41 in August of 1953, while in 1961 Howard also had his big month in August.

Since 1941, Dodger players have topped 30 RBI in a month 19 times with August the most popular month (8). June and July (3) are the next most productive periods.

Traditionally, regular season play started sometime in the middle of April, making it difficult to rack up a large number of RBI in that month. In recent years, the schedule has kicked off early in April and Ron Cey's 29 in 1977 is the top L.A. total for the opening month.

Snider topped the 30 mark five times while in Brooklyn, Hodges and Campanella four times each.

Mike Piazza knocked in 27 runs three times for Los Angeles and also had 28 RBI in June of 1994. Darryl Strawberry (28) and Raul Mondesi (27) placed their names on the L.A. list twice.

Month by Month Record
29—Ron Cey April, 1977
28—Gil Hodges May, 1953
34—Gil Hodges, June, 1953
34—Duke Snider June, 1954

33—Gil Hodges July, 1955
41—Duke Snider, August 1953
41—Frank Howard, August, 1962
37—Mike Marshall, Sep.-Oct 1985

LA Top RBI Months
41—Frank Howard, August, 1962
37—Mike Marshall, Sep.-Oct 1985
33—Tommy Davis, June, 1962
31—Kal Daniels Sep-Oct, 1990
30—Ron Fairly June, 1964

30—Steve Garvey June, 1977
30—Brian Jordan Sept-Oct, 2002
29—Ron Cey April, 1977
28—Darryl Strawberry August, 1991
28—Darryl Strawberry Sep-Oct, 1991
28—Mike Piazza June, 1994
28—Manny Ramirez, 2008

27—Wes Parker May, 1972
27—Mike Piazza Sep-Oct, 1993
27—Mike Piazza August, 1997
27—Mike Piazza Sep-Oct, 1997
27—Eric Karros July, 1997
27—Raul Mondesi May, 1998
27—Eric Karros June, 1998
27—Matt Kemp, August, 2009

The Most recent addition to the all-time list was Bryan Jordan in September-October, 2002.

All-time Top RBI Months
41—Duke Snider, August 1953
41—Frank Howard, August, 1962
38—Gil Hodges May, 1953
37—Mike Marshall, Sep.-Oct 1985
34—Gil Hodges, June, 1953
34—Carl Furillo August, 1954
34—Duke Snider June, 1954

33—Gil Hodges July, 1955
33—Tommy Davis, June, 1962
32—Roy Campanella May, 1953
32—Roy Campanella August, 1953
32—Roy Campanella August, 1952
32—Duke Snider June, 1955

31—Jackie Robinson July, 1950
31—Gil Hodges August, 1957
31—Kal Daniels Sep-Oct, 1990
30—Dolph Camilli August, 1941
30—Roy Campanella May, 1955
30—Duke Snider July, 1955
30—Duke Snider August, 1956
30—Ron Fairly June, 1964
30—Steve Garvey June, 1977 30—Brian Jordan Sept-Oct, 2002 Recommended Stories

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