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.
October 23, 2013 |
Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season. “I always thought that,” team President Stan Kasten said. “Absolutely.” Kasten's comments were made Wednesday after Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, said Mattingly intended to honor his contract. Mattingly's option for the 2014 season vested when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the National League division series. Nonetheless, there was widespread speculation about Mattingly's future after the manager said in a Monday news conference that he might not return.
May 21, 2013 |
Join Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna at 11:30 a.m. today for a live video chat to discuss their respective teams. You will be able to watch the discussion on this blog post and submit questions during the event. Most talk during the last week has revolved around Don Mattingly, and whether or not he will retain his job. As Hernandez wrote on Monday , "Although Colletti wouldn't say anything definitive about Mattingly's future, he made clear he believed the players were to blame for these failings rather than the manager.
May 20, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - General Manager Ned Colletti said Don Mattingly has “done fine” managing the Dodgers, but refused to directly address mounting speculation that Mattingly could be fired in the near future. “My perspective hasn't changed,” Colletti said. Earlier this month, Colletti told Times columnist Bill Plaschke, “I'm confident we're going to turn it around, and I'm confident we have the right people.” Asked about media reports speculating that Mattingly could be dismissed this week, Colletti said, “I really don't read very much.
November 5, 2013 |
Take nothing for granted -- that's one of those pearls of wisdom you're supposed to carry around with you at all times. So if you're just absolutely certain Clayton Kershaw is going to win his second National League Cy Young award this off-season, there had be some solace found in the announcement Tuesday that he was one of three finalists named for the annual honor determined by Baseball Writers Assn. of America balloting. Kershaw won the award in 2011, came in second in 2012 and is the favorite to win it for 2013 after going 16-9 and leading all of baseball with a 1.83 earned-run average and 0.92 WHIP.
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.