Matt Kemp homered Friday in the Dodgers’ 6-1 win over the Rockies to become the 55th player in big-league history to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season.
Kemp took Matt Reynolds deep in the seventh inning to reach 30 homers for the first time. His previous high was last year’s 28.
Kemp, who entered the game with 33 steals, is the first player to go 30/30 since the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler in 2009 and the first National Leaguer since Brandon Phillips, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright all got there in 2007.
He’s the first Dodger to pull off the feat since Raul Mondesi in 1999.
Kemp has an outside chance of joining Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano in the 40-40 club. The seven steals shouldn’t be all that difficult, but he will need 10 homers in 32 games, which means he’ll have to get hot.
35/35 is more realistic, and while those aren’t magic numbers, he’d be the first player to get there since Soriano had his 46-homer, 41-steal season in 2006.
It was inevitable that someone would report on what, specifically, was going on with CC Sabathia in the run up to his decision to go into rehab yesterday. And today we have that story, at least in the broad strokes, from the New York Post.
Speaking to an anonymous source close to Sabathia, the Post reports that the Yankees’ starter more or less went on a bender from Thursday into Friday and continued on to Saturday, which resulted in his Sunday afternoon phone call to Brian Cashman in which he said he needed help.
Notable detail: Sabathia is referred to as “not a big drinker” in the story. Which is something worth thinking about when you think of others who have trouble with alcohol. It’s not always about massive or constant consumption. It’s about the person’s relationship with substances that is the real problem. Many who drink a good deal are totally fine. Many who don’t drink much do so in problematic ways and patterns. For this reason, and many others, it’s useful to avoid engaging in cliches and stereotypes of addicts.
First the Marlins demoted promising 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A in July, then they kept him there far longer than warranted because of presumed service time considerations, and now they may be looking to trade him.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria “is down on him and will consider trading him” despite several members of the front office wanting to keep Ozuna because … well, he has a lot of long-term upside.
Ozuna described being stuck at Triple-A as “like a jail” before finally being promoted back to the majors after hitting .317 with a .937 OPS in 33 games for New Orleans. His plate discipline needs work, but Ozuna has 25-homer power and the range to play center field. If the Marlins make him available via trade a bunch of teams will be calling.