GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Kemp arrived early Tuesday to a Dodgers hall he already knows and to a group he believes he can assistance win a World Series — if he gets a possibility to hang around.
Kemp, behind in a Dodgers’ open training formidable during Camelback Ranch for a initial time given 2014, looked gentle and assured in his lapse to his strange vital joining team.
“I got a lot left in me,” pronounced Kemp, a former All-Star outfielder who was in stay 6 days before a stating date for position players.
Roberts likes what he has seen in Kemp, whom a Dodgers acquired from Atlanta on Dec. 16 in a understanding that enclosed Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson. He strike .276 with 19 home runs for a Braves final year.
Roberts remembers operative with Kemp in 2015 when both were with San Diego. Roberts was a Padres manager in a year after San Diego acquired him from a Dodgers for Tim Federowicz on Dec. 11, 2014.
“He’s a pro,” pronounced Roberts, who is commencement his third deteriorate as a Dodgers’ manager. “The large partial of it is that he wants to win. If we demeanour during a batter’s box final year, he had a prolific season, offensively. If we demeanour during a metrics, and it’s not everything, a invulnerability has forsaken off a small bit.
“It’s enlivening that he feels he has something to prove. You should always have something to prove. There are a lot of good players out there. We’ll see how things shake out.”
As Kemp reported along with pitchers and catchers Tuesday, a Dodgers’ stay non-stop amid speak of unprepared business. Kemp has listened it and says he has bought into it.
He pronounced he has always believed a Dodgers were his best possibility during a World Series.
“Of course, we adore being back,” pronounced Kemp, who pronounced he began operative out during Camelback scarcely a week ago. “This is where we came up. This is where we grew up. You know, we always wanted to win a World Series here.
“It was fun examination these guys final year play and get to a World Series. Why wouldn’t we wish to be a partial of that?”