Kemp not looking for day off down stretch

Kemp not looking for day off down stretch

Kemp not looking for day off down stretch
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly spoke with Most Valuable Player candidate Matt Kemp Saturday about getting a day off.

"He laughed at me," Mattingly said. "He wants to finish what he started."

Kemp has played in 354 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. He only needs another 11 seasons without missing a game to catch Cal Ripken's 2,131.

"That's a lot of games, man. I've got a long time to go, but I plan on it," Kemp said with a smile.

Kemp became the 13th player in Major league history with at least 30 homers and 40 steals in a single season. He also is the eighth Los Angeles Dodger with 100 runs and 100 RBIs in the same season.

Mattingly, who played all 162 games in only one season (1986) can appreciate what is driving Kemp.

"I'm sure he's tired," Mattingly said. "At this point, every day there is a sense of pride playing every day. It is an accomplishment, getting yourself ready and it's not something I want to take away from him, even though it would probably be good for him. Off days feel pretty good. I promise you, 10 days into the offseason he'll be one sore guy."

Or sooner.

"It's demanding, especially in center field. There's a lot of running to do," said Kemp. "There are times when my body kind of doesn't feel right. You wake up and your whole body is sore. But once the lights come on and you see the fans, it's hard not to play. I want to play every game, and the thing about it, even when you get days off, by the third or fourth inning, you just want to get back in there and play. I still want to play."