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Don Mattingly: Sorry Angels, L.A. will always belong to Dodgers

February 28, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly looks on during a spring training workout session in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly looks on during a spring training workout… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)

Phoenix – There isn’t a newcomer comparable to Albert Pujols or C.J. Wilson at the Dodgers’ spring-training complex.

As a result, there’s noticeably less buzz coming out of the Dodgers’ camp than the Angels’.

But Los Angeles will always belong the Dodgers, Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday before his team’s first full-squad workout of the spring.

“You know, honestly, if you really want what I think about it, it’s kind of like the Mets and the Yankees,” Mattingly said of the two New York teams. “The Yankees are the team, no matter what the Mets do. They’re going to have their years that they play well, but the Yankees are the team.

“I don’t to want to badmouth the Angels at all. I know (owner) Mr. (Arte) Moreno does a great job down there in Anaheim and (Manager) Mike (Scioscia) does a great job and they’ve had a great run. But we’re the Dodgers. It’s not going to change.

“They do a tremendous job there but at the end of the day, the Dodgers are the Dodgers.”

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