Friday, June 09, 2006

Kemp: Guided by Family and Friends

What does it take to be a success? Well, the LA Times has a great article today about the current successful path taken by rookie phenom Matthew Kemp. He's a man with a great foundation. He has a family that has been there to guide him along the way. He has friends who have steered him right. After having my first chance to see him play this year on Wednesday (after my week long vacation) I am very impressed with the tools he brings to the table. Apparently, Grady Little saw his potential in Spring Training and subsequently made inquiries about Matt when the outfield was ailing. Then, the team brought him up and now it may be very difficult to send him back down. I guess the questions right now is: Do you send Matt down for additional seasoning when folks come off the DL, or is Matt here to stay?

Matt Kemp's game-by-game record with the Dodgers:

Date Opponent AB R H HR RBI
May 28 Washington 4 0 1 0 0
May 29 Atlanta 3 3 2 0 2
May 30 Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0
May 31 Atlanta 3 0 1 0 0
June 1 Philadelphia 3 2 1 1 3
June 2 Philadelphia 3 1 1 1 1
June 3 Philadelphia 4 1 1 1 2
June 4 Philadelphia 4 0 1 0 0
June 5 N.Y. Mets 1 0 0 0 0
June 6 N.Y. Mets 4 1 2 1 2
June 7 N.Y. Mets 4 0 1 0 0
Totals 33 8 11 4 10
Batting average: .333

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