The actual prize: High-definition camcorder kit.
A better prize: A high-definition bullpen.
The Dodgers need to re-sign Brandon League to solidify their pen with three potential closers, keeping him with Kenley Jansen and Ronald Belisario. Who would finish the game? Would it really matter? Mattingly smartly subscribes to the theory that the three most important outs of the game aren't necessarily in the ninth inning. With League having allowed runs in just one of his last 18 relief appearances, he's earned his spot.
Or, in the words of Colletti, "It would be like having three center fielders in your outfield.''
The actual prize: A flat-screen TV.
A better prize: No more flat-screen Matt Kemp.
Even through injury this season, Kemp established himself as the club's toughest and most inspirational player. Now he has to also become its smartest by knocking off this running-into-walls stuff. At this stage of his bruised career, his health is almost as important as his swing.
Said Colletti: "I think he's learned a lot about himself this year.''
Said Mattingly: "Now he just needs to know which walls to run into.''
We'd surely appreciate it.