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Flashback Friday Tony Kemp – 2011 Rochester Honker


Tony Kemp – Vanderbilt
2011 Rochester Honkers
Photo of Tony in his Final Year with Vanderbilt

What’s your favorite memory while playing for the Rochester Honkers?
TK: My favorite memory while playing for the Rochester Honkers was just hanging around the team. We had players from all over the country and I still remain close to a few of them as of this day.

What's your favorite non-playing memory from your time with the Rochester Honkers?
TK: Favorite non playing memory would have to be The Paulson family. I still are close with them and they even came to see me play a minor league game in Iowa and we went to dinner and spent more time together. They are an incredible family.

Who was your favorite teammate when you played for the Rochester Honkers and why?
TK: That’s tough, so I’ll name 3! Anthony Hutting, Ryan Hambright, and Spencer Navin. We always kept the game fun and they were cool guys to play. We always were together for that summer and we had a blast.

What has happened to you since you left Rochester and what are you doing now?
TK: Since Rochester, I’ve been drafted by the Houston Astros, graduated from Vanderbilt University, and I am currently playing for the AA affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas for the Astros organization.

What was your biggest realization while playingfor the Rochester Honkers?
TK:
Well for me, it was my first experience playing summer baseball in the college ranks and I had just finished up my freshman year of college. So going into Rochester I didn’t know what to expect but the talent was very good and I was a bit nervous at first.

Do you stay in contact with former teammates? If so, who?
TK:
Johnny Coy, Anthony Hutting, Brett Hambright, and Ryan Hambright are the closest players that I still remain in contact with to this day!