Dodgers have to be liking the dreamer in Matt Kemp
Why you need to dream big ... sounds like the title of 32 different motivational books.
Matt Kemp, however, is dreaming really big. Record big. You’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me big.
His 2011 cry of “40-40” was impressive stuff, and he nearly became the fifth player in major-league history to pull it off, finishing the season with 39 home runs and 40 steals.
Now he’s upped the ante.
“Fifty-fifty,” Kemp said.
That’s his 2012 goal. And hey, why not? Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown examines and applauds Kemp for giving himself lofty goals. Fifty-fifty never has been accomplished in a single season by any player in baseball history.
Of course, hitting 50 homers can get a little in the way of stealing 50 bases. Hard to steal when you’re trotting around the diamond.
Also on the Web:
-- Jonathan Broxton told the Associated Press he’s happy to be in the Kansas City camp and isn’t worried about his post-surgery velocity: “I could come out this year and throw 100 or come back and throw 95. You never know what your velocity is going to be.”
-- The Times’ Bill Shaikin reports on the Bryan Stow family charge that the Dodgers are using bankruptcy court to shield them from their liability claim.
-- In a Fox video, manager Don Mattingly looks to the team’s coming season.
-- Veteran baseball writer Tony Jackson is ESPN/L.A.’s new Dodgers bloggers, and here reports on Rubby De La Rosa’s progress.
-- True Blue L.A.’s Eric Stephen is scheduled to be with the Dodgers all spring, and reports on Jerry Sands arriving at camp and wanting to start.
-- The Dodgers have claimed speedy outfielder Matt Angle off waivers from the Orioles, and in a corresponding move, placed De La Rosa on the 60-day disabled list to create roster room.
-- Mike Petriello gets in touch with his optimistic side in this look at the Dodgers’ coming season.
-- Reid Forgrave at Fox looks back on the historic effect of Dr. Frank Jobe’s ground-breaking Tommy John surgery.
-- Remember, he can play first! Jay Gibbons has signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers.
-- In a video from MLB, excited closer Javy Guerra says he thinks the Dodgers can win it all.
-- Steve Dilbeck