After a rocky start to the 2014 season, Matt Kemp eventually came to terms — at least publicly — he wouldn’t be the Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder and turned his season around as the right fielder.
By now, Kemp’s benching and removal from center field is well-known and the tension it caused between him and manager Don Mattingly seems lightyears ago. Mattingly tried Kemp in left field, however the outfielder was unhappy and never quite got comfortable.
Kemp was then placed in right field and has been on a tear since. Not only has Kemp played the position well (it’s where he played when the Dodgers drafted him in 2003), his offense picked up steam. In the Dodgers’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, Kemp put his defensive prowess on display.
With no outs and the bases loaded, Alfredo Marte flied out to right and Kemp threw a one-hopper to the plate to nail Miguel Montero for his fourth assist this season: