ATLANTA — The
"I think he's done well, don't you?" said Mark Walter, the team's controlling owner.
"Don has done an amazing job," Johnson said. "It could've gone a lot of ways when we were in last place."
Mattingly's contract includes a team option for next season.
Asked if the Dodgers had to win the
President Stan Kasten has the final call on whether Mattingly will be retained. Although Kasten refused to talk about Mattingly's contract status, he said, "I think he's done great. Rode through some storms during the season. Was firmly at the helm of one of the great runs in baseball history. I hope he has that same touch in the postseason."
Playoff roster set
With Ethier limited to pinch-hitting and
Gordon will be used as a late-game pinch-runner, possibly for Ethier, who would have to be removed from a game if he reached base. He grounded out in the eighth inning. Van Slyke provides not only outfield depth, but also power off the bench.
The inclusion of Gordon and Van Slyke resulted in the exclusion of
"Sure, I've lost a step or two, but I can make up for it with my mind," Hairston said.
League was signed to a three-year, $22.5-million contract over the winter to be the Dodgers' closer but lost his job and never found his rhythm. Marmol had a 2.53 earned-run average in 21 games after the Dodgers acquired him from the
The Dodgers instead opted for
Of the 24 games Capuano pitched this season, 20 were starts. But Capuano is left-handed and the
If the Dodgers advance to the next round, they will be able to change their roster. They could also make substitutions during the division series to replace an injured player.
Johnson was initially reluctant to revisit the controversy.
"Really?" Johnson said. "Really? Do you really want me to stand here to really talk about the pool celebration in Arizona? Really? That's your best question to Magic Johnson?"
Yes, Johnson was told.
"Man, I've seen worse things happen," Johnson said. "That wasn't nothing. Guys have jumped on tables, they've done a lot of things in the
Walter also saw nothing wrong with the celebration.
"It looked like nobody was there," Walter said of how the stadium was nearly empty at the time.
Asked if he would have jumped into the pool with his players had he been there, Walter laughed.
"That's a good question," he said. "I don't know."