I have no doubt that Kemp is considered by most to have had the better year.
But the MVP has a slightly different measurement.
Last year Votto and Pujols has basically identical seasons, yet Votto easily won the MVP. Votto clearly had a better season this year, yet Pujols beat him in MVP votes.
Being on a contender has always made a difference, unless someone has a monster season and the competition from the contenders isn't that close. Agree or disagree, it's pretty predicatable.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
In the history of MVP voting the more interesting cases have been seasons where the best player in the league played on the pennant winner but still did not win the MVP, such as Joe DiMaggio in 1937, Stan Musial in 1944 and Willie Mays in 1962.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
Kemp? Who is Matt Kemp? He's probably still paying a bit for his 2010 season too.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner