Since the beginning of his career, Matt Kemp has been making his name known in the Major League Baseball world. Kemp was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft.
After playing a couple years in the minor leagues, Kemp made his Dodger debut on May 28, 2006 against the Washington Nationals. Kemp has been in the league for 12 years with the majority of his years being with the Dodgers. Kemp spent his first nine seasons in L.A. before moving to the San Diego Padres, and then the Atlanta Braves.
But… On December 16, 2017, the Dodgers have traded to get him back to Hollywood.
— MLB (@MLB) December 16, 2017
Kemp has had his best seasons in Los Angeles. In his nine seasons there, Kemp has been named a 2x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger, and a 2x Gold Glove Winner. He also has been able to hold a batting average of .292 in his time there.
This move comes with some questions of where to put Kemp. With an outstanding outfield of Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig, it is going to be hard for the Dodgers to fit him in. Kemp is a familiar face, so the Dodgers will figure out something.
The addition of Kemp brings a Dodgers’ veteran to help this young Dodgers team. This Dodgers team was able to make it to the World Series, but maybe the veteran can give them a little more of a push to get them over the top.
Kemp is back in the Dodger Blue, and we will have to wait and see what he can do.