It’s not surprising that you might think Kemp was not hustling when he injured his ankle. A player doesn’t always run top speed or slide every time. While it may have looked like he wasn’t hustling, I believe it is much deeper than that. I believe it is a lack of concentration and/or focus, and that is an affliction that plagues many in his generation – the video game generation. We hear about ADD and ADHD and all of those D’s which can be diet-related or related to any number of drugs and vaccines, but I believe that constant stimulation from i-pods, TV, video games and the like creates gaps in concentration and focus for many athletes.
A good player will always play each situation in their head before the pitch, so they know what to do if certain things happen. When their mind drifts and they lose focus, they may jog home and fail to slide because they just weren’t prepared mentally. It wasn’t that they were lazy and didn’t want to hustle – it’s just that their head is not always in the game.
This malady has plagued Matt Kemp his whole career, not so much lately, but it has been a problem. Medication can fix it, but so can learning to focus. Sometimes, it takes a professional to help you train your mind. Either way, Matt needs help! The Dodgers need Matt. Know this – Kemp is great teammate, not a sulker, but the fact that he sometimes looses concentration is a concern.
My initial prediction about this team was they they would win 94-95 games, but I also said I would not be surprised if they won 81 games. They way they have been playing, they could win 95 easily, but my concerns are still health. Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA, asked “IS MATT KEMP THE NEXT GRADY SIZEMORE? It’s a fair question. Another question is whether Carl Crawford can stay healthy for any extended time? If Kemp and Crawford can stay healthy – the sky is the limit. Based upon what I have seen, I don’t like the odds.
Odds and Ends
- Who still wants to trade Puig (.364) for Stanton (.239)? If Puig needs to go to AA, then Stanton needs to go to the 8th grade! Yasil will learn, but he’s still hitting a lot better than Stanton. He just needs to keep playing. Trade him? Put down the crack pipe.
- The bullpen is not a problem. I would not make a move now.
- Smell the rare air at the top. If you ain’t the lead dog, the view never changes!