09/20/11 9:54 PM ET
Kemp wins Dodgers' Campanella Award
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
The award, which goes to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of Campanella, the late Hall of Fame catcher, was voted on by both the players and the coaches. It will be presented to Kemp before Wednesday's game.
Manager Don Mattingly said the award was well-deserved, noting that there's "no doubt he's the team's leader." He also added the fact that the award was voted on by Kemp's peers makes it more important because his teammates and coaches best understand the effort he's put into his MVP-caliber year.
"Matt did everything that you could ask," Mattingly said. "He's been good on defense, he's stolen bases, he's hitting for average, hitting for power, and he's been a leader all over the club -- around the clubhouse, in the dugout. Anything that comes his way this year, he deserves."
All season, Mattingly has talked about how much Kemp has matured as both a player and a clubhouse guy, and he noted the award only reinforces that point.
Recently, each time Kemp has stepped to the plate, he has been met with a chorus of "M-V-P." The numbers justify it, too. Heading into Tuesday's game, the righty slugger was among the top three in all three triple-crown categories. With his 34 homers and 40 stolen bases he joined Raul Mondesi as the only Dodgers to reach the 30-30 club.
When first asked about Kemp winning the Campanella award, Mattingly's first response was that it's likely to be the first of many. He's probably right.
"Well, Matt's probably going to get a lot of awards over the course of this year," Mattingly said.
Rafael Furcal won the inaugural award in 2006, and other past winners include James Loney (2008) and Jamey Carroll (2010).
Dodgers being cautious with Gwynn
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Gwynn still has hopes to play this season, but he won't get the chance Tuesday, and he likely won't get the chance until his injured left shoulder has improved significantly.
Gwynn aggravated the shoulder on a couple of head-first slides, and manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't see Gwynn being able to play at full strength without risking irritating it more.
"I can't really picture any scenario where he doesn't take a chance on that shoulder," Mattingly said. "He's gotta play defense, where he'll end up diving or running into a wall. If he pinch-runs, he'll end up diving. It's hard to picture any scenario where he doesn't take a risk with that shoulder at this point."
Gwynn has been a reliable option in left field for the Dodgers, but much of his game, both in the field and on the basepaths, revolves around hustle and taking risks. His shoulder injury significantly inhibits that.
In other injury news, after learning of Jonathan Broxton's successful surgery, Mattingly said he expects his closer to be healthy and "really good" in the future. Whether or not that future will be in a Dodgers uniform, he isn't sure.
"It's hard to encourage anything at this point; we don't know anything," Mattingly said. "Anybody that signs Broxton is taking some sort of risk. You'll be going to Spring Training not really having seen him throw."
Though neither will play the remainder of the season, both Broxton and injured right fielder Andre Ethier were in the Dodgers clubhouse before Tuesday's game. Broxton's arm was in a sling, and he was set to meet with a team doctor. Ethier was no longer on crutches, noting there has been no swelling in his knee since he underwent surgery.
Mattingly wants coaches back next season
LOS ANGELES -- If Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gets his way this offseason, the 2011 Dodgers coaching staff will become the 2012 Dodgers coaching staff.
Though he said he'd support any of his coaches pursuing other opportunities, Mattingly noted his staff -- in his first season as a big league manager -- has helped make his job significantly easier and has made him more comfortable.
"Really the whole staff, these guys are pros from the standpoint that they do their work," Mattingly said. "I can trust that anything we need to be getting done it's getting done in their areas. I'm able to just check in with guys."
Mattingly noted the effect of having Trey Hillman with him on the bench, saying he is very comfortable working with him. He also pointed to third-base coach Tim Wallach and first-base coach Davey Lopes as keys to the team's success in preparation and in baserunning.
"It's helped me more than anything else -- these guys, the way they've worked," Mattingly said.
Dodgers wives donate to charity
LOS ANGELES -- A handful of Dodgers wives spent Tuesday morning at St. Anne's, a social service agency in Silverlake, Calif., donating almost $10,000 worth of household goods.
Maggie Ethier, Tiffany Billingsley, Cindy Ellis, Aurielle Lindblom and Ellen Kershaw made the donation on behalf of all of this year's Dodger Wives to St. Anne's, which works with at-risk women, children and families.
"We're overwhelmed by the amazing display of generosity that the Dodger wives have shown the young moms and children of St. Anne's," Cathy Galarneau, vice president of development at St. Annes, said in a release. "Their concern for those that we serve is extremely heartwarming, and very much appreciated. They've definitely put smiles on the faces of the young women whose lives they have touched through their incredible acts of kindness."
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.