Matt Kemp is a veteran baseball outfielder who has featured for several teams in the Major League Baseball (MLB). The athlete is currently a free agent following his release from New York Mets on June 12, 2019. Kemp began his career in the Minor League in 2003. He debuted in the Major League with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 before leaving the team for the first time in 2014. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the San Diego Padres and later joined the Atlanta Braves. He played for the Atlanta-based team in 2016 and 2017 and later found his way back to Dodgers for the second time during the 2018 season. He briefly spent the 2019 season with the Cincinnati Reds before he was released by the team following a devastating injury that slowed down his career.
Matthew Ryan Kemp hails from Midwest City, Oklahoma. He was born in the city on 23rd September 1984 to a registered nurse called Judy Henderson and a former field supervisor called Carl Kemp. The Midwest City High School graduate has a good number of awards to his name, including two Silver Slugger Awards, two Gold Glove Awards, as well as a mention to three All-Star teams.
What We Know About Matt Kemp’s Most Recent Career Move
Matt Kemp ended his second stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 after hitting .290 and 21 home runs. He was subsequently traded on December 21, 2018, to the Cincinnati Reds, alongside teammates Kyle Farmer, Alex Wood, and Yasiel Puig. The Oklahoma native was placed on the Reds injury list on April 23, 2019, after he broke his left rib in San Diego while crashing with an outfield wall.
Unfortunately, Kemp was released by Cincinnati Reds after four months, precisely on May 4, 2019, after he recorded his slowest sprint speed (25.4 feet/second). The athlete also managed to post a .200/.210/.283 slash line with 1 home run across twenty appearances, and gain only 5 RBIs, 1 walk, and 12 hits in 60 at-bats for the Reds.
The 1.9 meters tall baseball player made his last big career move on May 24, 2019, when he signed a minor league contract with the New York City borough of Queens-based baseball team, New York Mets. However, Kemp has since been released by the Mets. He was let go by the baseball team on July 12th, 2019, after making only 8 Triple-A appearances. The baseball player was earlier placed on the 7-day Injured List on June 12, 2019.
Matt Kemp has not been in a great form since his stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an end before the 2015 season. His poor performance resulted in his on-base percentage dropping during stints with the Atlanta Braves, the San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. The three-time All-Star outfielder is currently a free agent. Despite having a rough and unstable 2019 season, he hopes to return for his 15th Major League season in the year 2020 in order to make positive contributions with his glove. After all, he didn’t retire from baseball, he only sustained a serious injury that impacted his career.
The Oklahoma native has played exclusively as an outfielder in the National League in his entire career. He began his career playing in the Minor league for the Gulf Coast Dodgers and later for the Columbus Catfish and the Vero Beach Dodgers (2004 to 2005). While he was with the Dodgers, Matt made the Florida State League All-Star team before recording a successful run with the AA Jacksonville Suns in 2006. He got the call to play in the Major League in the same year, making his first appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 28, 2006.
Kemp’s best year in the MLB was 2011. That year, he was named the NL RBI leader, and NL home run leader. He also won the NL Hank Aaron Award, as well as other covetous awards. Currently, Kemp has a net worth estimated at over $71 million.
A Look At Who The MLB Star Has Dated?
Matt Kemp has been in several high-profile relationships with beautiful women ever since he became famous. He is known to have dated American actress Felisha Terrell between 2007 and 2008. According to several reports, Kemp and Terrell’s relationship hit rock bottom after the actress accused the baseball star of abuse and being violent. This resulted in Felisha filing a restraining order against the athlete. However, she later dropped the charges.
Kemp also dated hip hop dancer cum model Zena Foster from 2008 to 2009. A few months later, he met and got into a serious relationship with American pop star, Rihanna. Sadly, their relationship which began in 2010 came to an end after almost a year.
Matt has also been romantically linked to Khloe Kardashian whom he dated briefly in the year 2013. Most recently, he’s been linked to the Instagram model Amber Alvarez but it appears nothing serious is going on between them. At the time of writing this piece, Matt Kemp does not have a wife as he is yet to get married. He doesn’t have children either.