Maybe Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is just mad that HE doesn’t have an internationally famous recording star girlfriend lusting after him.
For whatever reason, Colletti has been on a rampage lately attacking Matt Kemp and seemingly blaming the young outfielder for the Dodgers slow start this season. Following a doubleheader sweep by the Mets earlier in the week, Colletti singled Kemp out for criticism saying,
“Some guys, I guess, think that they’re better than they are. The baserunning’s below average. The defense is below average. Why is it? Because he (Kemp) got a new deal? I can’t tell you.”
The Dodgers have made the postseason two years in a row, advancing all the way to the National League Championship Series in both 2008 and 2009. At just 24, Kemp had a great season in ’09 hitting .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI. He stole 34 bases and scored 97 runs. Kemp also won a Gold Glove for his defense and finished 10th in voting for the 2009 National League Most Valuable Player award. He was obviously an integral part of the Dodgers success and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension this January.
This season Kemp is hitting .290 with seven homers. He is currently on pace to hit 52 home runs and drive in 147 runs and steal 88 bases. All while playing Gold Glove defense Yeah, OBVIOUSLY Matt Kemp is the number one problem for the Dodgers.
Colletti is furious that the Dodgers are 8-14 and currently in last place in the N.L. West. They are 6 games behind the seemingly-pathetic San Diego Padres and their $38 million payroll.
Suddenly having to defend himself following the Colletti meltdown, Kemp has taken the high road and refused to lash back through the media. The two did have a brief meeting on Wednesday.