Matt Kemp To Play For U.S. Team Seeking To Qualify For Olympics

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was part of the 28-player training camp roster announced today for the U.S. baseball team that will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 36-year-old Kemp most recently played for the Colorado Rockies, hitting .239 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 43 games in 2020. He played for the Dodgers from 2006-14 and 2018. Kemp is seventh in Dodger history with 203 home runs and 10th in extra-base hits with 476.

The roster also includes two other former Dodgers, infielder Logan Forsythe, who played for them in 2017 and 2018, and catcher Tim Federowicz, who played for them 2011-2014 and now plays for their Oklahoma City Triple-A affiliate.

The roster also includes outfielder Jon Jay, who hit .357 in five games for the Los Angeles Angels this season before being sent to their Salt Lake City Triple-A affiliate.

Under an agreement with Major League Baseball and the union representing its players, players on team's 40-man roster are not eligible to be selected.

The team is managed by former Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Its pitching coach is Dave Wallace, the Dodgers' pitching coach from 1995-97 and their senior vice president of baseball operations from 2000-03.

The final 26-player roster will be announced next Sunday. The U.S. is scheduled to begin play in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifier May 31 against Nicaragua in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The eight-team tournament will conclude June 5. The winner will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics while the second- and third-place finishers will get another chance to qualify through the Final Qualifying Tournament in June in Mexico.

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