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.
December 10, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After an awkward October news conference in which Don Mattingly practically threatened to quit if he didn't get a contract extension, Dodgers President Stan Kasten tried to explain away Mattingly's comments as the result of a misunderstanding between the manager and front office. Kasten didn't offer any details at the time, saying he would let Mattingly explain what happened. Mattingly had his first chance to do so at baseball's winter meetings Tuesday and decided not to. “At this point, it's not worth talking about,” Mattingly said.
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.
February 16, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Because of the Dodgers' unique schedule, Clayton Kershaw could start three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games on normal rest. But Manager Don Mattingly sounds as if he doesn't want him to. Asked if he thought starting Kershaw three times in six games might be too much, Mattingly replied, “I think it might be.” Based on what Mattingly said - or, rather, wouldn't say - it now appears possible Kershaw might not pitch in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia.