By: David Marquez
Do you ever flip through the channels and land on ESPN, as they are showing the highlights of the game, as a baseball travels 390 feet and over the wall. This is called a home-run. Los Angeles Dodger, Matt Kemp, has 151 career home-runs, and this right handed batter is far from done. In this speech I will inform you about Matthew Ryan Kemp, his career, his personal life, his statistics, and his contributions to the community. By the end of this speech, you will see why he is one of the most elite players in the game today.
Matt Kemp plays center field and wears the number 27. Since his high school days at Midwest High School in Oklahoma, he has been a standout star. Through his career with the Dodgers, which started in 2006, he has 962 hits, 151 homers, 526 RBIs, 153 stolen bases, and 538 runs. He has a batting average of .295. This 2 time all-star is far from done putting his mark on the MLB. He put his most work in during the 2011 season, racking up a large amount of accolades.
In 2011 Matt Kemp was selected to the All-Star game. He was the National League RBI champion and the National League Home Run champion. He received the Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award, and the Hank Aaron Award. He was Baseball America Player of the Year, and joined the 30-30 club. Despite all of these feats, he still remained humble, and still worked to be better.
Off the baseball field, Kemp works with the children of the Los Angeles community. He is active in many charities and even created a community initiative called Kemp’s Kids. In 2008 and 2009, Kemp’s Kids hosted several children from the Los Angeles area during several games at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp has an admirable passion and drive to get better and his game continues to progress. Despite an injury plagued 2012 season, and a surgery during this past offseason, Kemp’s future still looks promising, and Dodger fans still stand by him.