With the Arizona Diamondbacks’ general manager position open, there are several potential candidates for the position. One available person for the job is Matt Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Kemp has mixed feelings about Stewart possibly becoming the next Diamondbacks’ general manager:
If that were to happen, he wouldn’t be my agent anymore,” Kemp said. “I would be disappointed about that, but then again, if it’s something he wants to do, I’ll be supportive.”
On Friday, D-Backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa named Stewart as a potential candidate just one day after the team fired general manager Kevin Towers. Kemp talked about the competitive aspect of the situation:
He would be … not an enemy, but he would be an enemy, because he’s with the Diamondbacks. But it would be all fun. We would have a lot of fun if that were to happen.”
While Stewart doesn’t have any experience as a general manager, Kemp believes he’s qualified for the position:
I think he’d be a great GM,” Kemp said. “He’s one of the guys I talk to about baseball the most. He knows a lot about the game. He’s been on both sides. He’s been an agent, he’s been a player, he’s been on all sides of baseball. He’s real knowledgeable about the game and he knows what it takes to be successful.”
Stewart was an All-Star pitcher and World Series MVP as a member of the Oakland A’s in 1989. He was also a two-time ALCS MVP and a Roberto Clemente Award recipient. He spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he won one of his three World Series rings with the in 1981.
The agent made headlines back in July when he routinely discussed Kemp and multiple trade scenarios. Stewart went so far as to say he hoped his client would be traded, which the Dodgers never followed through with.
Stewart started Sports Management Partners sports agency and represents Kemp, as well as Dodgers’ pitcher Chad Billingsley.
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