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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Kemp’

Best Lede About Dodgers-Padres Fracas Goes to…

Who is Grey Albright? Well, when you click on an embedded mention of that question at fantasy baseball blog razzball.com, you learn that this prolific LA-based author is using part of the proceeds from an e-book to support his “growing drinking problem.”

This morning, under the headline “That’s Fertilizer!” (a reference to Vin Scully’s instant-(again)-classic, family-friendly relaying of Matt Kemp’s “That’s f***ing bullsh*t!” 6th inning fury), Albright is also the owner of a very funny lede about last night’s bench-clearing brawl at Petco Park. We understand, as one of them, that this is no laughing matter for Dodgers fans. Still, it’s virtually impossible not to smile when reading Albright’s opening sentence:

When one guy in a fight is named after a maximum security prison and the other guy is named after something Velma from Scooby Doo says when startled, who do you think is gonna win?

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Matt Kemp Travels to Sesame Street

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is the latest local athlete to pay a visit to Sesame Street, appearing on the iconic children’s show Thursday.

And since the kid inside of you is wondering, the word of the day was attach.

As in I hope the surgeon who performed offseason shoulder surgery on Kemp made sure to attach it back to his body.

[H/T Big League Stew]

Nikki Finke Says Fox Sports Set to Play Some Very Expensive Dodgers Ball

In between serving up the details on a very good Thanksgiving weekend at the box office for the Hollywood studios, Nikki Finke has cranked out a major sports beat scoop.

According to her Saturday post, a record deal is about to be consummated for the renewal of Dodgers TV broadcast rights, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2013:

Insiders tell me that Fox Sports is close to clinching the exclusive TV rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers by paying between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years to put the team on its regional sports network in Southern California and of course its national Fox Broadcasting Company. Fox already shows the games on its Prime Ticket local cable channel but also has Fox Sports West here…

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THR Goes for Dodgers Quadruple Play

In support of Daniel Miller’s splashy cover story and Ed Desser’s team media rights sidebar in the August 17 print issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min’s operation has opted for four different hard-copy covers. They depict (left to right, below): Cy Young winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw; minority stakeholders Magic Johnson and Peter Guber; Tommy Lasorda alongside current manager Don Mattingly; and marquee stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

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Matt Kemp Featured on HBO’s Real Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp is profiled on Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Correspondent Jon Frankel spoke to Kemp about adjusting to his new Hollywood lifestyle and the pressure he faces now that he’s the face of the franchise after signing a $160 million contract.

Real Sports debuts on HBO at 10 p.m.

Magic Johnson, Matt Kemp on This Week’s SI Cover

And in other Sports Illustrated news, Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp are on this week’s cover.

The actual article (by Lee Jenkins) is about the 78-hour sports whirlwind the city of Los Angeles experienced last weekend.

A very good (but lengthy) read that won’t result in any lawsuits.

Matt Kemp Would Win a NL MVP Revote

Less than three weeks after Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished runner-up in the National League MVP race,  Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The Los Angeles Times polled 20 writers that selected Braun as MVP and Kemp would easily win if there was a revote:

Several writers who voted for Braun said they would cast their ballots for Kemp in a revote, but a majority of reporters contacted by The Times —15 of the 20 — were against voting again, and two were unsure. Read more

LAT Columnist Says Writers Struck Out in MVP Voting

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp finished second in the National League MVP race Tuesday behind Milwaukee Brewers left fielder and former Granada Hills standout Ryan Braun.

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke called out the Baseball Writers’ Assocation of America, who decide the MLB postseason honors, for not voting Kemp over Braun, despite a disappointing 82-79 record and finishing 11.5 games behind Arizona.

Due to a LAT policy, Plaschke wasn’t able to serve as one of the two designated voters from the local BBWAA chapter. But freelancer Dodger blogger Steve Dilbeck was able to vote and decided to go with Braun:

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There Was a Frank McCourt Sighting Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers owner (for now) Frank McCourt made his first public appearance Monday since agreeing to sell the team, just hours after the news broke that center fielder Matt Kemp was close to signing a $160 million contract extension.

McCourt was at Mona Park in Compton with Kemp for a dedication to a youth baseball field.

The Los Angeles Times has some highlights from McCourt’s comments to the media:

What he would like say to the fans: “I’m very grateful to the fans. They have been phenomenal to me and my family since the day we arrived in L.A. I know the last couple years were very, very difficult. I’m very, very sorry about that. We’re going to move forward and handle the situation now in as professional a way as possible and make sure the baton is passed here in a classy way.”

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Matt Kemp Nominated for Sports Illustrated Honor

Matt Kemp had a career 2011 season (.324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 40 SB) despite a disappointing 82-79 record for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, his outstanding play on the field didn’t go unnoticed, as Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter has nominated the Gold Glove center fielder for their “Sportsman of the Year” award:

According to Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement metric, Kemp completed the best season for any player, of any ilk, since Barry Bonds in 2004. His statistics alone should make him a strong contender to be named SI’s Sportsman of the Year. But the circumstances in which Kemp produced his historic season — the unrelenting way in which he brought pride to a legendary franchise that had been all but strip-mined of the stuff — should make him the award winner.

Sports Illustrated will announce its winner on Dec. 6. If Kemp is selected, he would be the third Dodger to win the honor, joining Sandy Koufax (1965) and Orel Hershiser (1988).