Joe Torre backs Matt Kemp

Updated: April 10, 2012, 4:09 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre declared Matt Kemp, the team's All-Star center fielder, the best player in baseball before the Dodgers home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, although Torre did add a qualifier.

"Because of (Kemp's) age (27) and everything else, he is probably the best player in the game at this point," said Torre, who attended the game in his current capacity as executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner's ...

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