Matt Kemp Says Goodbye To Dodgers Organization, Fans & Teammates

September 2, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts after hitting a two run RBI walk off double against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kemp took to Instagram following the trade to the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week to thank the Dodgers. Kemp spent 10 seasons in Los Angeles dating back to when he began his big league career at age 21.

Moreover, the message was genuine and heartfelt. It was Kemp in his essence – a player who has grown to be very authentic over time.

Here is a screenshot off Instagram:

The message was short and sweet.

It was a dream come true to put this uniform back on. Thanks to the @dodgers, my teammates and all of the incredible fans for a year to remember.

Nevertheless, it was a decade to remember. While Kemp may someday sign a short contract to retire a Dodger – if this was the last time he is a part of the organization – he went out on top.

Kemp’s play and spirit energized the Dodgers during a slow offensive beginning to the 2018 season. He made the All-Star team, but logged just 182 plate appearances in the second half compared to 324 in the first.

In all, Kemp was a .290 hitter with an .818 OPS for the Dodgers. Equally important, he was voted 2018 Comeback Player of the Year in the NL by his fellow players.

I speak for Dodgers Nation when I reciprocate the thanks to Matt Kemp. The pleasure was all of ours.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.


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  1. I’ll miss you Mat. I was one of the fans chanting M-V-P! and you’ll always be one of my favorite Dodgers. Maybe we’ll see you again at the trade deadline?!

  2. Wishing you all the best, Matt! Your positive spirit and talent will long be remembered!

  3. I have remembered the players longer than I have remembered the Championships. I go Dodger Stadium to watch and remember players I enjoy, not to admire a championship ring or a championship banner.

    • I am happy Matt was with us one more time; he helped us win a pennant. He and Yasiel were my favorite Dodgers. I wish them both success with the Reds; I will miss them in Dodger Blue….The word blue has the double meaning for me now
      ….true to Dodger Blue, but unhappy about this trade

  4. You are clutch and fun to watch. Good luck to you. I’m positive you will come back to bite is in the butt next year!

  5. Thanks Matt for the memories, good luck in the future. You will always be a fan favorite!!!! God Bless.

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