Brandon League has a bold prediction, a new contract, and a cool Halloween costume.

Brandon League's Halloween costume

Dodgers pitcher Brandon League is dressing up as Psy for Halloween. The Korean rapper is best only known in United States for the song and music video “Gangnam Style,” a frequent champion on “Dodgers Jukebox” this year.

Coincidentally, San Francisco Giants broadcasters Jon Miller and Dave Flemming were doing the “Gangnam Style” dance today — a “perk,” I suppose, when your team wins the World Series and throws a parade.

Usually, another “perk” of winning the World Series is that you’re considered the favorites to win your division next season. Not in League’s opinion.

“We are going to be the team to beat next year,” he said. “We have everyone coming back, everyone coming back healthy.”

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Davey Johnson, Buck Showalter win IBWAA Manager of the Year awards.

Don Mattingly was not among the leading vote-getters for the IBWAA Manager of the Year announced Wednesday. The awards went to Davey Johnson and Buck Showalter in their respective leagues. The IBWAA is independent of the BBWAA, but shares a few voters in common and serves as a predictor of the BBWAA end-of-season awards.

The top three vote getters in each league:
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Another award for Vin Scully.

Vin Scully can make room for one more trophy in his case.

The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster will be presented with the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s Allan H. “Bud” Selig Executive Leadership Award at the Foundation’s 10th annual “In The Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 12, 2013. Selig will present Scully with the award.

Scully has won a few awards since calling his first Brooklyn Dodgers game in 1950. In 1982, The National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded him the Ford Frick Award. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has named him National Sportscaster of the Year three times (1965, 1978, 1982) and he has been awarded the title of California Sportscaster of the Year 29 times. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009. In that same year, the American Sportscasters Association named him the Top Sportscaster of All-Time.

Poll: Who should close?

Brandon LeagueThe Dodgers signed Brandon League to a three-year contract yesterday worth $22.5 million. General manager Ned Colletti envisions League closing, though ultimately that decision will fall to manager Don Mattingly. The value of League’s contract makes that seem like a straightforward decision — why pay a guy $7 million-plus to pitch the eighth inning? — but the decision on paper is closer than you might think.

Kenley JansenFor one thing, League is one of three pitchers who closed games for the Dodgers last year (three-and-a-half, if you include Ronald Belisario’s brief time co-closing with league in September). He, Belisario and Kenley Jansen are all high-strikeout power pitchers with a repertoire worthy of the role. Of course, if Jansen weren’t waiting in the wings at the time, the Dodgers might have continued to let Javy Guerra pitch through his early-season struggles; Ronald BelisarioGuerra finished the season with eight saves and a 2.60 ERA. Arguably, that makes four capable closers in the Dodger bullpen. And while Guerra pitched his way out of the job, Jansen only lost the job because of a health setback.

Among that quartet, League has the most career saves (60). Want to guess how many active major-league pitchers have more? Thirty-seven. Javy GuerraExperience isn’t everything — I would rather have League pitching the ninth inning in 2013 than, say, Jason Isringhausen — but the point is that Jansen (34 career saves), Guerra (29) and Belisario (3) aren’t that much less proven in the ninth inning than League.

So for today’s poll question, we give you the manager’s jersey and a baseball to hand to your closer of choice.

Dodgers shut out at Gold Glove awards.

No Dodgers will win Gold Glove awards this season. That was an anticlimactic revelation in an hour-long show on ESPN2 Tuesday night, when the awards were announced on live television for the first time.

Florida Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle got the award over Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, the last of the Dodgers’ finalists to be announced. Kershaw completed his second consecutive errorless season and hasn’t committed an error since Aug. 1, 2010 but Buehrle, who left the Chicago White Sox to sign with the Marlins last winter, has won the award each of the last three seasons in the American League.

Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves edged Andre Ethier for the award among National League right fielders. Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees got the nod over Adrian Gonzalez among American League first basemen (Gonzalez was one of three AL finalists despite being traded to the Dodgers in August).

Three Dodgers won Gold Glove awards last season — Kershaw, Ethier and center fielder Matt Kemp.

Dodgers re-sign Brandon League.

The Dodgers addressed their top in-house priority Tuesday, signing reliever Brandon League to a 3-year contract. According to the AP, the 29-year-old will earn $22.5 million over the life of the deal.

That’s closer-type money. League served as the Dodgers’ closer for the final month of the 2012 season and general manager Ned Colletti said that “we think, after what he did the last two or three weeks in the season, that closing is the role.”

The Dodgers obtained League on July 30 from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for prospects Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom. League, who made $5 million last season, was free to sign with any team in free agency beginning Friday, but wanted to remain close to his San Diego home.

In a nine-year career, League has saved 60 games — 37 for Seattle in 2011. He lost his closer’s job early in the 2012 season and never regained it with the Mariners. But Dodgers coaches Ken Howell and Rick Honeycutt helped correct a mechanical problem that led to instant results. From Sept. 1 on, League was 2-0 with a 0.55 earned-run average and six saves in six opportunities.

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Trout, Harper win postseason rookie awards.

Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are the American League and National League rookies of the year, respectively, in voting announced Tuesday by the IBWAA.

That stands for Internet Baseball Writers Association of America and, if you haven’t heard of it, you’re not alone. The results are relayed here because several voting members (yours truly included) are also voting members of the BBWAA, whose results are used to determine the “traditional” award winners at the end of each season. So think of this as a possible harbinger of awards to come — the Golden Globes to the BBWAA’s Oscars, if you will.

Trout won the AL award unanimously, followed by A’s outfielder Yoenis Céspedes and Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish. Harper was followed by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley and the Cincinnati Reds’ Todd Frazier.

Poll: Who’s the favorite?

Six days ago, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was asked about his team entering the 2013 season as the favorites in the National League West. His response: “I don’t know if we’ll be named favorites. The Giants made it to the World Series.”

Who’s the favorite to win the National League West in 2013?

Less than a week later, the Giants are world champs after sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. San Francisco, like the Dodgers, also has few key free agents hitting the market. Aging second baseman Marco Scutaro is probably the biggest, followed by center fielder Angel Pagan and left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt.

So even though it’s early, it’s still worth asking … who is the favorite to win the National League West in 2013? I’ll even throw the Diamondbacks, Padres and Rockies into this poll for the sake of fairness.

There will be a new poll here every day for the next month, so keep coming back. No electoral college here – popular vote wins.

Ten Dodgers become free agents.

The Dodgers declined to exercise the 2013 club options on Todd Coffey, Juan Rivera and Matt Treanor.

They join another seven players who became free agents today: Brandon League, Shane Victorino, Randy Choate, Jamey Wright, Joe Blanton, Adam Kennedy and Bobby Abreu.

In other words, no big names or surprises for the Dodgers on the first day of free agency. Players can only sign with new teams beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. Between now and then, the Dodgers can re-sign any of their in-house free agents, and they’ve already opened discussions with League’s representatives.

General manager Ned Colletti said that he would like to bring back Choate and Wright, as well, to keep intact a bullpen that finished the 2012 season strong.

Coffey, Rivera and Treanor now fall into the category of Victorino, Kennedy and Abreu: highly unlikely to be on the roster next season.

Blanton is an interesting case. The Dodgers gave him what amounted to a 10-start audition in August and September. In five starts at home, the 31-year-old right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. Not bad. In five road starts he was 1-3, 6.51. Bad.

I guess that makes Blanton a “known quantity” for a team that is looking to add a starting pitcher. But looking at a free-agent market that now includes Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse  and Hiroki Kuroda (another “known quantity”), the Dodgers probably figure they can do better.

The hot stove is just warming up.

Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez named Gold Glove Award finalists.

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier and pitcher Clayton Kershaw were named finalists for National League Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions Monday.

Ethier ranked second among National League right fielders with a .988 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 146 games (142 starts) in right field this season. His streak of 282 games (276 starts) from July 10, 2010-July 25, 2012 without an error was the second-longest active run among non-pitchers in baseball behind only Franklin Gutierrez and the second-longest errorless run by a Dodger outfielder behind only Brett Butler’s 306-game run from 1992-94.

Clayton KershawKershaw completed his second consecutive errorless season and has not committed an error since Aug. 1, 2010 — a span of 76 games. At 24, he led the Majors with 11 pickoffs and has either led or tied for the National League lead in pickoffs in each of the last three seasons.

Both players won the award for the first time last season. So did Matt Kemp, who won’t get a chance to defend his award after a defensively stout but injury-riddled 2012 campaign.

Adrian Gonzalez will get a chance to defend his Gold Glove from last season — in the American League. He made just three errors at first base with Boston before being traded to Los Angeles, and is one of three finalists in the AL (along with Eric Hosmer and Mark Teixeira). Gonzalez also won a pair of Gold Gloves in the NL while playing for the Padres in 2008 and 2009.

Gold Glove winners will be unveiled Nov. 9. Here’s the complete list of nominees from both leagues:

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