Walking into the Salt River Fields clubhouse on one of the first days of Spring Training, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly is revved up for the 2020 regular season.
“We’ve got a good team,” Kelly says. “I feel like, from the first few days of camp, that we’re going to have a lot of competition, but it’s going to be a fun year.”
Dodgers General Manager Andrew Friedman was quoted as saying the Diamondbacks’ GM, Mike Hazen, did an impressive job of rebuilding the team with off-season acquisitions like Madison Bumgarner, Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun. Kelly is equally as taken.
“Mike and everybody on that side has really put us in a position to go out and compete,” Kelly says. “That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to go out there and come together, give it our all and we’ll see.”
Kelly, 25, played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2016 to 2018, when he was traded for Paul Goldschmidt along with his good friend pitcher Luke Weaver. The catcher didn’t get much playing time behind the plate, as priority went to the All-Star Yadier Molina.
Since the trade, he played 111 games in 2019, as opposed to the 19 he played with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018. He’s looking forward to the new vibe D-backs.
“We have a lot of great players,” Kelly says. “From what we’ve had here and the great players we’ve added, I could just see the excitement in this clubhouse and the excitement in the community.
“That’s a huge thing. We’re going to take that momentum and take it with us through Spring Training and into the new season.”
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Carson Kelly spent the 12 days of the offseason touring England and Scotland with his fiancée. “We went to London and we went to Edinburgh, Scotland,” he says. “Edinburgh was really pretty. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip. We were there for four days or so. We drove around a bit. It’s a big enough city. There’s a lot to see.”