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For Matt Kemp, the season doesn't start on Opening Day

February 9, 2012 |  4:09 pm

A lot of fans don’t realize that, for players, the season starts Jan. 1. As soon as the holidays pass, the major leaguers’ preseason conditioning begins in earnest.

Check out some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Dodger Matt Kemp’s off-season drills. The three short Web videos take him through a day of winter workouts, starting with him waking in the morning, groggily putting in his contacts, then heading out to a stadium to run stairs, lift weights and take some turns in the batting cage.

Kemp also discusses his motivation and expectations for the season.

The quick-paced clips -– basically the same material cut to three different lengths -- are the first of a series of videos the MLB has done on various stars, including Curtis Granderson and Jose Bautista.

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