From the steps of the dugout, the balls Matt Kemp hits for home runs look different from those that other players hit over the stadium fence.
"They take off like fly balls and they just get small quick," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. "You can tell when he gets them. They get really small really quick."
So quickly that they don't even look like baseballs from the third base coach's box.
"It looks more like a golf ball," third base coach Tim Wallach said. "It really does. It's amazing. It keeps going. It's real small and it keeps going."
What's even more surprising to Mattingly and Wallach is where these balls are landing.
Of Kemp's 12 home runs, which lead the major leagues, only one has been to left field. The right-handed-batting Kemp has hit four home runs to center and seven to right.
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