Happy Wednesday, Athletics Nation!
Tony Kemp is walking up to Rihanna’s “Desperado” as a nod to teammate Chad Pinder, who hits free agency this offseason.
Tony Kemp is using Desperado as his walkup song as a tribute to upcoming free agent Chad Pinder: “I wanted to have his walkout song for if he doesn’t come back. A little head nod to him. When I walked to the plate, we met eyes and acknowledged each other. It was a tender moment."— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) October 4, 2022
For his own part, Kemp will hit his final year of arbitration next season, and Matt Kawahara at the San Francisco Chronicle noted yesterday that the 30-year-old second baseman and outfielder hopes to remain in green and gold in 2023.
Kemp’s offensive numbers have dropped significantly since last season, but he’s greatly improved through the second half of 2022. He’s also put on some dazzling defensive displays, including this jaw-dropping catch last week in Anaheim.
Not for nothing, this flying catch by A's Tony Kemp is one of the coolest catches I've seen this year. Dude rolled through the air. pic.twitter.com/U3j9jVuXeC— Sarah Valenzuela (@Sarah_IsabelVee) September 28, 2022
Heading into yesterday’s game, Kemp’s performance this season had been good for 1.4 fWAR, third among A’s current position players, and since coming to Oakland in 2020 he’s put up 5.1 fWAR.
- Kemp, Oakland 2020-22: .252/.341/.361, 106 wRC+, 15 HR, 22 SB, 10.5% BB, 12.5% Ks
A’s manager Mark Kotsay remarked that Kemp, a product of the Astros system, is accustomed to playing on winning teams and as a more experienced player on a rebuilding A’s club, he may have felt too much pressure to compensate for the huge exodus of talent that has taken place since last offseason.
“I think the second half, he finally let that go and he’s just being one of the guys and playing the game,” said Kotsay.
So what say ye, AN? Would you have TK back in 2023? And if so, under what terms?
Put me down as a “hell yes!”
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Looking great at 28.
Cole Irvin finishes 2022 on the sunny side of 4.00.
Cole Irvin worked six scoreless innings in his final start of 2022. With that, his ERA dipped under the 4.00 mark - to 3.98. He made 30 starts and totaled 181 innings, the latter eclipsing his 178 1/3 innings last season.— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) October 5, 2022
Someone fill me in on the backstory here, please.
Kuip and Dallas looked down at me before the game, and while Dallas belly laughed, Kuip just looked like the most disappointed man in the universe— Hal the Hot Dog Guy (@AsHotDog) October 5, 2022
Grinding ‘til the end.
Mon Dieu! Another debut.
Good Guy Chad Pinder.
Grab a Fosse patch for a good cause.
Ray Fosse patches are on sale for $20 at the A's game-used authentics stand behind Section 120 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit the Oakland A's Community Fund. #DrumTogether | #ForRay pic.twitter.com/HdaTsrnyCS— Oakland A's (@Athletics) October 4, 2022
The Savannah Bananas are coming to a ballpark near you.
Props from the prez for Judge.