Kemp earnings to San Diego: Not accurately a comfortable embrace

Benches privileged after Matt Kemp, afterwards of a Padres, was strike by a Julio Teheran fastball in a Jun 2015 diversion opposite a Braves. Kemp was booed lustily on returning to San Diego as a Brave on Tuesday. (AP record photo)


In his initial diversion during San Diego given a Padres traded him to a Braves, Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Tuesday including 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. This gratified what seemed to be a infancy of fans in assemblage during Petco Park, judging from a boisterous turn of boos Kemp perceived on being introduced any time he came to bat.

It was about a usually thing to gentle a hearts of Padres fans on a night when Braves rookie Sean Newcomb had another and maybe his best start in a 3-0 Atlanta win.

Kemp used to harm a Padres a lot during his 9 years with a Dodgers before being traded to San Diego before a 2015 season, and he’s been significantly some-more prolific for a Braves given being traded from a Padres to Atlanta in late Jul 2016, so he couldn’t have been astounded by a accepting he received.

And judging from his greeting to questions by a integrate of San Diego media members during a rather worried speak during his locker a few hours before a game, Kemp also didn’t seem astounded by a tinge of their questions, several of that stemmed from this “Hello Atlanta” minute published by The Players’ Tribune after a trade to a Braves.

The Padres have had measureless register shake in a past integrate of seasons and a usually Padre who seemed in both Tuesday’s series-opening detriment to a Braves  and Kemp’s final diversion for a Padres was All-Star Wil Myers, who was asked by San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Bryce Miller to criticism on Kemp on his initial outing behind to play in San Diego.

“Matt Kemp is a male who was innate to hit,” Myers said. “He’s going to put adult descent numbers each singular year. He’s going to strike 30 (homers) and expostulate in 100, given those are a things he takes honour in.”

What about defense, Miller asked. “Dude can hit,” Myers said, “and that’s all that matters.”

Those of us who cover a Braves have had no problems with Kemp given he arrived in Atlanta final summer. He’s not a many accessible actor in terms of interviews, though he’s there distant some-more mostly than not when we wish to pronounce to him, and he can be playful, humorous and enchanting with reporters, as he is clearly all a time with teammates.

That’s a many critical thing, by a way, not how he interacts with us reporters, though with teammates and coaches. He’s been embraced by teammates such as Freddie Freeman from Day 1 in Atlanta, and his playful, infrequently shrill celebrity has been an constituent partial of a Braves hall chemistry that each actor says has helped them in a past integrate of years, both to finish clever in a 2016 deteriorate that started in gloomy conform and to overcome some severe rags early this season.

Despite cooling off in June, Kemp still has a .315 average, .356 OBP, and .538 slugging commission for an .894 OPS, with 32 extra-base hits (12 homers) and 35 RBIs in 63 games. The normal would be his top given 2011, when then-Dodgers core fielder Kemp was a MVP runner-up after attack .324 with career-bests in homers (39), RBIs (126) and OPS (.986). He was a first-time All-Star and won his second Gold Glove and second Silver Slugger endowment that year.

His stream OPS would be his best given .906 in 2012, when he done his second uninterrupted All-Star team.

Kemp reported to open training this year in improved figure and started out blazing when a unchanging deteriorate began, attack an illusory .352 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .387 OBP, .614 slugging commission and 1.001 OPS in his initial 42 games by Jun 2, notwithstanding an Apr army on a infirm list for a hamstring strain.

In his past 21 games commencement Jun 3, Kemp has strike .227 (17-for-75) with 4 doubles, dual homers, 5 RBIs, a .284 OBP and .360 slugging commission (.644 OPS). He has one homer, 3 RBIs and no multi-hit games in his past 10, though a Braves are 7-3 in those games, another pointer of how others in their offense have stepped brazen to lift a bucket on any given night in a absence, figuratively or literally, of a dual sluggers in a middle, Kemp and star Freddie Freeman, who’s been out 6 weeks with a fractured wrist.

With a Padres, Kemp strike .264 with a medium .763 OPS though had 46 homers and 169 RBIs in 254 games. That enclosed 156 games in 2015 after being traded from a Dodgers in a offseason, and 100 games in 2016 before he was traded to a Braves during a finish of Jul when a Braves were looking to dump a poisonous agreement Hector Olivera and a Padres were prepared to pierce on front Kemp. The Olivera trade – it cost a Braves Alex Wood and Jose Peraza – was a misfortune a Braves have done in years, though during slightest a Braves finished adult a year after with Kemp, despite after holding on some-more income to cover about $18 million annually of his $21.5 million income in a agreement that runs by 2019.

But removing behind to that quarrelsome speak during Kemp’s locker Tuesday, that could be used as a text instance of because some players rise a bad attribute with a media and have a tough time changing their opinion toward us once they do start to rise an us-versus-them perspective of a situation. I’ve seen it many times before with players on teams I’ve lonesome in Miami and Atlanta, how a actor can come to that group or go to another group and I’ll hear about what a bad male he was – or in a integrate of cases, what a good male he was – when we gifted zero of that while he was with a group we covered. Bobby Bonilla, for example: Loathsome repute with a Mets, though a productive, engaging, media-friendly actor with a Marlins (having Jim Leyland as manager during that time positively helped).

Anyway, here’s how a Kemp speak went Tuesday, as a integrate of us Atlanta reporters listened in while he got interviewed by a integrate of San Diego reporters.

The initial doubt was a customary softball, something along a lines of what it’s like to be behind in San Diego

Kemp: “I skip my house, man. we got to nap in my bed. we was excited. I’m refreshed. Ready to place some baseball.”

Then a tinge incited quickly. “When we initial got to a Braves, we wrote a square for (The Players’) Tribune articulate about them removing a Matt Kemp of old. Which Matt Kemp did San Diego get for a time we were here?”

“They got a good Matt Kemp. (Laughs.) Y’all are funny, right off a bat. we mean, we came here and we had a integrate of injuries, so it was tough for me removing back.  The serve we get divided from my injuries, we feel like a some-more we get behind to (being) myself. we worked tough when we was here. we enjoyed my time when we was here. And we gave San Diego all we had.”

Were we gentle being a face male – during your intro press discussion we and (then  Padres manager) Buddy Black talked about we being unequivocally a face of a organization. Did we like that role, were we comfortable?

“I mean, I’ve played on some teams where we was one of a (main) guys, so it was zero new for me. we don’t know what else we can contend about that.”

In your difference in that Players’ Tribune piece, we talked about building a repute as idle or a bad teammate. How did we meant that, in a context of San Diego or…

(Kemp starts answer before doubt finished) “I’ve never deliberate myself a bad teammate. You can ask a teams I’ve played on. That was something somebody gave me, we don’t know where it came from. But I’ve never been bad teammate, we always had my teammates’ back. I’ve always enjoyed personification this game, I’ve always had fun, and like we said, we enjoyed personification here in San Diego in a time we was here. Beautiful city, good fans. I’m usually in Atlanta right now and I’m enjoying myself.”

“We keep seeking we questions from a past, is there anything we would have altered from when we were here?”

“No, not during all. we feel like we had some improved teams, we could have played a lot improved than we did. We didn’t. It is what it is. I’m on a Atlanta Braves now, enjoying myself and carrying fun personification baseball.”

Kemp was asked for any keys to carrying such a good start this year

“No, I’m usually carrying fun. we consider people have always deliberate me a delayed starter; we don’t know where that came from. we consider I’ve usually had a integrate of seasons where we kind of started off a small delayed and finished strong, though it’s good to get off to a good start. I’m usually perplexing to float this call and keep it going for a whole year.”

On Padres executive authority Ron Fowler job his comments in a Players’ Tribune essay “B.S.” and stream manager Andy Green holding offense to Kemp implying Atlanta was some-more of a round city than San Diego.

“You (San Diego columnist) usually wish to speak about drama.”

Columnist: I’m usually extraordinary what we consider about it.

“Honestly it doesn’t matter to me, I’ve already altered on. Atlanta Braves. Good.”

The Padres altered managers from Bud Black to halt manager Pat Murphy 65 games into Kemp’s usually full deteriorate with a Padres in 2015, and afterwards to stream manager Andy Green after a 2015 season. Kemp was asked to review Black to a stream manager.

“Buddy Black was a good manager. we didn’t have that most time with Murph. I’m with a good manager now (Brian Snitker), a male that we suffer personification for…. Are we articulate about Andy or a manager I’m personification with now?”

“Andy,” a contributor responded.

“Oh. Well, we didn’t get that most time with him as well, we were usually there for 3 months. But he’s a good communicator, he’s got a lot of believe about a diversion and I’m certain he’s doing some good things over there with those immature guys.”

Another doubt about his stream deteriorate and what’s opposite now from when he was in San Diego, what’s contributed to a improved production:

“I’m usually off to a good start, man. we feel good, carrying fun.”

With that, Kemp done it transparent he’d had about adequate of a speak and had other things he wanted to do. And a scrum pennyless up.

Frankly, about a best that could be pronounced for anyone concerned in that speak was that it was over.

• OK, let’s tighten with this early classical from a good Tom Waits, who spent some years in San Diego and certainly saw (and did) some things.

Tom Waits


I never saw a morning ’til we stayed adult all night
I never saw a fever ’til we incited out a light
I never saw my hometown until we stayed divided too long
I never listened a melody, until we indispensable a song.

I never saw a white line, ’til we was withdrawal we behind
I never knew we indispensable we ’til we was held adult in a bind
I never spoke ‘I adore you’ ’til we accursed we in vain,
I never felt my heartstrings until we scarcely went insane.

I never saw a easterly seashore ’til we pierce to a west
I never saw a light until it shone off your breast
I never saw your heart ’til someone attempted to steal, attempted to take it away
I never saw your tears until they rolled down your face.


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Glad to see Newcomb get a most deserved initial win




“Vote Kemp to a AS Game”

yeeah, substantially not going to happen




Kemp, greatfully vanquish a round tonight…

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