here's a newsflash but Kemp isn't the best hitter in the Dodgers lineup and probably not the 2nd best.
obviously if we're talking long-term, manny is the better hitter. but do you really think manny can hit and steal at his age, the way kemp can right now? come on. and dont tell me ethier is a better hitter than kemp (assuming he was ur 2nd best). a kemp/manny/ethier lineup makes a ton more sense, but i can buy the walk arguement, maybe that is torre's thinking. but kemp still had an impressive .352 OBP last yr and improved his bb's and reduced his SO's significantly last yr. he got himself into way too many 0-2 counts last yr, so maybe not seeing enough pitches is another reason...crap maybe im making your arguement for you lol.
also, figured blake, dewitt, padilla was irrelevant to this convo.
and neato....nope, torre is giving kemp the shaft.