“I talked to (Kemp) the other day, to make sure (everything was good), and he’s great, man,” Snitker said. “He said, ‘I’ll let you know if I need anything.’ Like I say, he’s early in the weight room, first one in the cage. The other day he stayed after and hit off the curveball machine. He’s really getting after it.”
Kemp, 32, is signed through 2019 and will make $21.5 million annually in that period to complete an eight-year, $160 million contract. In other words, he’s getting paid, regardless. Yet, appears as driven now as he’s been in some time, after finally getting past leg and other injuries that plagued him for years since his heyday with the Dodgers, when Kemp was a two-time All-Star, MVP runner-up in 2011, and won two Gold Gloves.
“This dude was a big-time center fielder at one point,” Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer said. “He looks physically similar to what he did then.”
From Spring Training
Stone Mountain native Brandon Phillips talks about joining the Braves and the first time he put on a Braves uniform.