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Torre giving Kemp a chance to find himself

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09:55 AM ET 08.12 | Can Matt Kemp find himself after sitting on the Dodgers bench? Until a pinch-hit single Tuesday night, he was in a 1-for-20 skid with seven strikeouts. In his last start Sunday, he struck out four times in four at-bats on 15 pitches. That???s hard to do. So Joe Torre sat him Tuesday, and when Jay Gibbons went three for four with a home run and three RBIs in his place, Torre went back to him [Wednesday]. ... [Torre] was more revealing about his concern over Kemp???s play last weekend, before the Dodgers began this trip. Asked before Kemp???s fiasco on Sunday what he would tell fans concerned about Kemp???s play, Torre said: "I think he???s trying to find out about himself, to be honest with you."

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Matt Kemp, AP Matt Kemp, AP
August 12, 2010  10:09 AM ET

this guy is still learning what it takes to be a professional. hopefully he finds it sooner than later; he's got superstar talent but the grind of putting forth max effort is something he hasn't grasped yet. the mental prepardness, work ethic mentality it takes to be successful.

August 12, 2010  10:32 AM ET

find himself? Maybe he should become a Budhist?

August 12, 2010  10:36 AM ET

I wonder where Torre will find himself next year?

August 12, 2010  10:37 AM ET

I would say if the only team you are ahead of in your own division is Arizona, then Torre has 23 other guys trying to find themselves.

August 12, 2010  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder where Torre will find himself next year?

In the toilet!!!!

August 12, 2010  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder where Torre will find himself next year?

the Cubs?
Nah, the cubs aren't that smart...

August 12, 2010  12:10 PM ET

For some reason, the term sounds dirty.

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August 12, 2010  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!Well-played sir, WELL-played!!!!!

why thank you. I thought some Dodger Bluebloods would jump all over that. Guess they are trying to find themselves too.

August 12, 2010  02:46 PM ET

LOL - that opening headder gave mr the image of him sitting on the end of the bench staring up at a map of the field with a big red X on the dugout saying "You Are Here"

August 12, 2010  07:57 PM ET

The only way Kemp is going to find himself is with the door locked to the bathroom and his hands down his pants.

August 12, 2010  08:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder where Torre will find himself next year?

On the couch, if he is smart!!

 
August 13, 2010  05:44 PM ET

From a batting standpoint, Matt's 2010 is not far off what might be reasonably expected in an off year. His low 2010 BABIP (.314) vs. his previous career numbers explain about 10 points of his BA; otherwise, he's on track to provide power that will be similar to last year. No, Matt's biggest problems have been a truly atrocious stolen base percentage (caught 13 times out of 29 tries) and equally atrocious defense. And those are concerning. Players just don't lose speed or judgment so completely from the age of 24 to 25. It could be that he's not quite overcome a swelled head from the accolades that came form his superb 2009 season. Or it could be that he's that rarity that peaks way too early. This may be largely a lost season; stay tuned in 2011 for the "final answer".

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