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KABC-AM 790’s Josh Suchon played the clip during the break between the Dodgers-Mets doubleheader Tuesday afternoon — the one where Dodgers GM Ned Colletti joined the station’s morning host, Peter Tilden, for their weekly conversation.

Colletti started on the fact that the Dodgers were struggling:

“Some guys, I guess, think that they’re better than they are. And they think that the opposition is just going to roll over and get beat by them. That obviously doesn’t happen. We’ve lost two out of three to Cincinnati, two out of three to Washington, two out of three to Pittsburgh. All three of those teams – no offense to those three teams – we’re better than they are. We should be winning those games. And when we don’t do it, you know what, it’s utterly frustrating.”

Tilden then asked why it seemed as fans calling into recent “DodgerTalk” shows were particularily hard on center fielder Matt Kemp, the Rihanna-dating, GQ magazine modeling star who won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger last season, but whose fielding and base running has, as usual, been suspect.

Does it have anything to do with Kemp’s new two-year, $10.95 million contract?

“Why is it? Because he got a new deal? Can’t tell you. But you know, it’s below-average. If this is the last day of the season and people are voting for the Gold Glove, his name is not even on the ballot. It’s a shame that he would go from where he was a year ago to revert back to when the ball goes up in the air and you’re not sure where it’s going, or if it’s going to get caught.”

Now show the kids how you use two hands to make a grab, Matt.

Suchon said this morning that he and co-host Ken Levine discussed this story “heavily” on Tuesday night’s “DodgerTalk” after the second game loss, but “to be honest, I think most L.A. fans had given up on the Dodgers by that point in the night and turned their attention to the Lakers game. I wouldn’t be surprised if more people want to discuss it today, after they’ve read about it.”

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