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  1. Matt Kemp says he’d move to left to accomodate Victorino according to dodgers.com. Even if this is true, it seems unlikely it would happen. The article suggested he offered because Victorino hasn’t played in left since 2006. However, I wonder if it comes at all from an understanding that Victorino is a better defensive center fielder than Kemp. If that’s the case, I wonder why they don’t move Kemp to left when the bring in Gwynn as a defensive replacement.

    Comment by Bip — July 31, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  2. If it is true…Maybe cause doing it from the start of the day now daily over the next 60 days is a little different ..just the baseball routine thing. If Kemp does move to RF and Dre goes to LF this move really looks much better

    Comment by jason — July 31, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  3. Good on Matt Kemp, seriously. I can understand when players get protective or used to the routine of playing a certain position in the field. But it has to make Dodger fans feel good that Kemp is saying something like this, indicating that he knows his own strengths/weaknesses (not to say he’s a weak fielder, just not as good as Victorino), and wants to see the team get the most out of their players to win games.

    Comment by Nathan — July 31, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  4. $160 million lined up for the bank, not exactly a man suffering from anxiety. Why not shift over to the less demanding position? Answer: some people are sh*tbirds about keeping what is “theirs”… so Kemp seems relatively cool relative to this phenomenon.

    Comment by Matt NW — July 31, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  5. Kemp has his contract. He won’t lose money by moving to a corner OF spot. The only thing that would keep him in CF is ego.

    Comment by Anon — July 31, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  6. So you’re telling me that the Dodgers should have just plugged Tony Gwynn in there and been done with it (before Victorino)? It’s not like any of those players besides Hairston has been lighting the world on fire with their hitting.

    Comment by phattonez — July 31, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

  7. I don’t know about Kemp’s fielding. DRS and UZR are pretty resolute that for his entire career he’s been a below average center fielder. (Of qualified CFs since 2008, he has the worst DRS and UZR.) Does this make him a weak fielder generally? No. He could do well in a corner outfield spot. Does it make him a weak center fielder? Yes.

    Problematically, Victorino’s best fielding days are behind him. He’s lost a step and can no longer make up for his bad routes. Of course, he’s still much better than Kemp.

    Comment by LTG — July 31, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  8. It’s an article about defensive value, Phatton.

    Comment by TiensyGohan — July 31, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

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