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December 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
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October 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
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May 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  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.
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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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November 5, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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May 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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May 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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May 21, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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April 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are in first place, but they might not be for long if something doesn't change. "I don't think we can sustain this pace," Manager Don Mattingly said. The bullpen is overworked, enough to where the Dodgers decided to face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday with a four-man bench so they could add hard-throwing reliever Jose Dominguez to their roster. BOX SCORE: Phillies 7, Dodgers 0 Whatever Chone Figgins' demotion to triple-A Albuquerque did to address the potential crisis was almost immediately undone by Paul Maholm, who pitched only five innings of a 7-0 defeat at Dodger Stadium.
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April 19, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Progress sometimes may come in small increments, but it still makes for progress. And the good news is that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is making progress. Kershaw has been on the disabled list since March 30 because of a strain on a back muscle. Kershaw has been on a throwing program since suffering the injury, apparently in his Australia start, but Sunday he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game. “That's good news, that he's going in the right direction,” Manager Don Mattingly said.
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April 18, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
With the Dodgers' brass still ensconced upstairs, the Dodgers' spokesman on the story of Yasiel Puig's incredible journey from Cuba to the United States remains Manager Don Mattingly. Which is unfortunate, and unfair. Mattingly shouldn't have to be the one to answer the media's daily questions about Puig's escape, yet the Dodgers' manager remains dangled out there alone. The Dodgers returned home Friday for the first time since the story broke Sunday, and Mattingly was again left to meet the local media, cameras and newscasters at Dodger Stadium vainly attempting to gain any insight on Puig's story.
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April 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yasiel Puig remained silent Tuesday about the Los Angeles Magazine article that told a story of his escape from Cuba and the death threats he purportedly received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Manager Don Mattingly said he has spoken to Puig to check on his mental state. Asked how Puig seemed, Mattingly replied, “Fine.” Mattingly said he hadn't read the article but had heard about it. He said he wasn't worried about the team's safety.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Anybody starting to wonder whether Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly just doesn't want to pick between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford when facing a left-hander? There is that benefit, but Mattingly has good reason for sitting both as he is doing again Saturday against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley. For the second time in a week since he's had all of his outfielders available, Mattingly elected to sit both left-handed hitters Ethier and Crawford, starting Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke. He also sat second baseman Dee Gordon, who only leads the team with a .405 batting average, in favor of right-hander Justin Turner.
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April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers were at Chase Field, they won the National League West and celebrated by leaping into the swimming pool on the other side of the short wall in right-center field. A controversy ensued, as some of the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed they felt disrespected. Sen. John McCain blasted the Dodgers on behalf of his home state. The Dodgers rolled their eyes, pointing to this as the latest small-minded complaint by their middle-market division rivals. If any bad blood remains from the incident, it didn't resurface Friday, when Adrian Gonzalez drove in five runs and Hyun-Jin Ryu had a strong outing in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory over the last-place Diamondbacks.
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January 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The next questionable decision Don Mattingly makes will be nothing more than a questionable decision. He'll be able to explain his thought process and move on without wondering if it will cost him his job. Mattingly has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dodgers to be their manager through the 2016 season, ending speculation about his future with the franchise. The new deal could be formally announced as early as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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October 12, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS -- If the Dodgers don't retain Don Mattingly as their manager next season, could they replace him with Tony La Russa? It doesn't sound like it, based on what La Russa said Saturday at a news conference before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. La Russa admitted Saturday that he missed parts of managing. “If I could only manage October, I would be back every year,” he said. “This is so much fun. But I don't miss the managing. I miss winning and losing.
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April 10, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
He did not dazzle. Nor did he cause jaws to drop, heads to shake, or batters to mumble to themselves. Kenley Jansen appeared rather mortal in the Dodgers' last two games against the Detroit Tigers. Like a guy who could be had, particularly if you happen to be Detroit's Victor Martinez. Jansen blew a save Tuesday in a game the Dodgers came back to win in extra innings, and he was the losing pitcher Wednesday. Both times he succumbed to the bat of the 35-year-old Martinez. Jansen gave up a 10th-inning solo home run to Martinez on Wednesday to take the loss.
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April 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Don Mattingly didn't have to come to the ballpark Monday, so the Dodgers manager said he got his hair cut, inflated the tires on his bicycle and, basically, took the evening off. "A lot of nothing," he said with a smile. "It was productive. " That remains to be seen. Because for players accustomed to playing every day over a six-month schedule, the start to the Dodgers' season has been a whole lot of nothing. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 3, Tigers 2 (10) Monday's off day was the third in eight days for the Dodgers, who get two more days off over the next week.
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