February 27, 2012 |
It's a baseball truism that managers are hired to be fired. (Sort of like newspaper columnists.) You can be everyone's absolute darling one season and on the curb handing out résumés the next that read, "Won two historic World Series" (see: Terry Francona). Which brings us to Don Mattingly, entering his second season at the helm as Dodgers manager. All things - and expectations - considered, Mattingly had a strong debut. For someone who had never managed at any level, who was operating under a circus ownership and with a less-than-overpowering roster, he silenced critics with an even hand.
May 6, 2013 |
It's one thing to leave your heart in San Francisco, quite another to lose your mind there like Don Mattingly . Has there ever been a more ridiculous comment offered by a Dodgers manager, and take into account Tom Lasorda said a lot of ridiculous stuff while on the job, than what Mattingly said Sunday? The Dodgers lost three straight to the Giants, whom they will probably have to beat if they are to win a division title. And Mattingly said: "I feel better about our club walking out of here than I did walking in. " My apologies to Mike D'Antoni for thinking he was the most clueless coach in town.
May 9, 2012 |
To sacrifice bunt or not to sacrifice bunt, that is the question. To many modern baseball followers, the answer is - please, please, oh pretty please, do not do it. Sabermetric lovers despise the sacrifice bunt. Twice the Dodgers decided to bunt the runners up Tuesday, and twice it blew up in their hopeful little faces. For a manager who spent his entire life in the American League, Don Mattingly has become quite the National League manager. And despite some semi-tough questioning about his decisions to bunt in the seventh and eighth innings of the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Giants, he was far from repentant.
May 21, 2012 |
Was that great or what? Don Mattingly let the kid go, let him rip. A wondrous gamble that paid off. "I don't think we want to be cautious there," Mattingly said. "You play to win. " Is that a great quote or what? The Dodgers were down 5-3 to the Cardinals with two runners on in the seventh Sunday when Mattingly sent rookie Scott Van Slyke to pinch hit. The count went to 3-0, and the careful manager would have signaled for his kid with eight career at-bats to try to take the walk.
May 26, 2012 |
Don Mattingly knows his battles with Matt Kemp loom, and soon too. Kemp is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and Mattingly is confident that if his center fielder is ready to play, he'll be ready to play every day. Only there's the rub. Kemp likes to play every game, but that is no longer part of Mattingly's plans. When Kemp sat out the May 14 game with his sore hamstring, it snapped a streak of having played in 399 consecutive games . The streak was apparently important to Kemp, and transversely, to Mattingly.
April 20, 2012 |
Now Don Mattingly wants replays expanded. Because, you know, baseball's not slow enough for most people. Mattingly was upset about the play at the plate that ended Wednesday's game in Milwaukee, feeling catcher A.J. Ellis clearly tagged Nyjer Morgan out after seeing the replays. Mattingly admitted it was like the fifth different replay he watched before being able to clearly recognize Morgan was out. Here's a video from Fox with Mattingly saying why he would favor adding replays for plays at the plate: Video: Replay debate Fox sportscasters Steve Lyons and Jim Watson discuss what it would mean and, really, you are allowed to agree with Lyons.