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Joe Torre is out as Dodgers manager; Don Mattingly takes over

Sep 17, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Joe Torre is going to announce today that he’s stepping down. That’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that the team is going to announce Don Mattingly as his successor.

Surprising in that, as the season has gotten uglier and uglier for the Dodgers, the chatter has increasingly been about Tim Wallach — the Dodgers’ AAA manager — not, Mattingly, taking over. Part of this is because Mattingly has been around an underachieving and uninspired team. Part of it has been because of a few gaffes that he has made while filling in for Torre. A lot of it is that Mattingly is Torre’s protege, and many people thought the team wants to go in a different direction. Helps that Wallach has gotten good reviews for the work he has done in Albuquerque, too.

But it’s Mattingly. A man who many thought would one day manage in New York, but who came west when Torre was forced out (or however you want to characterize it) as the Yankees’ skipper.

Donnie Baseball: the spotlight is yours.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Hard to cavil at the selection of a great ballplayer – except that he’s shown no appreciable aptitude for managing.

  2. tk1966 - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    I’ll never forget the comment “Donnie Baseball” made a few years back
    During the previous incarnation of the Pirates when they sucked, before the Bonilla / Bonds era, the Yankees picked up a former Pirates player. Mattingly was quoted as saying the this guy was a good player, that he’d player for a few pro teams, even the Pirates.
    Did the Pirates suck? Hell yes. Should a pro say that about another team? Hell no.
    I sure hope he exhibits a little more class as a manager than he did as a player.

  3. paul-e - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    So they’re doing to Wallach what they did to Scioscia? Nice move, Dodgers.

  4. CJ - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Actually I think it’s an interesting move. If Torre’s stepping down anyway, why not let Mattingly give it a shot? You get to see whether he’s competent enough as a manager to merit bringing him back for a full season next year. Yeah he’s had his issues, so this is his chance to prove he can do it. If he can’t then sure, everyone was right but there’s really no harm done, it’s not like they’re doing any damage to this year if he sucks. The season is already in the tank. Now they don’t have to risk blowing next year to just to find out for sure whether he can do the job or not.

  5. Jonny5 - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Alright this is good. Only in one way. Joe Torre just doesn’t give a sheet anymore. It’s kinda just written all over his face. He has a look of “what the hell am I doing here”. And it’s been there since the second half of the season. Of course half the team has the same look, so when do THEY go??

  6. bspurloc - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    I like Mattingly and all grew up with him shining but unfortunately he is an albatross. Everywhere he hangs his head he is surrounded by failures.

  7. alan69 - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    You don’t “get” sarcasm, do you?

  8. alan69 - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I would have liked Torre to stay around and prove he is a good manager. Anyone could manage the Yankees, where they try to purchase a world series each year with their inflated payroll that is over four times as high as many other teams’ payroll. The Yankees have an unfair advantage. But, I guess Torre isn’t that great anyway. I hope Mattingly does a good job. He was a great player, but that doesn’t mean he will be a great manager. Gotta know how to deal with people and motivate them.

  9. BigBBFan - Sep 17, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Hey Old Gator I was all set to dispense with my thoughts, but I cannot top your one line perfect assessment.

  10. woody9x - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Wow alan, what an original opinion about the Yankees, thanks for sharing.

  11. Omega - Sep 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    I have always respected Donnie Baseball, and like to see him getting his chance to manage a team, even if it is the hated Dodgers.
    And to Joe Torre, thanks for your time and dedication to baseball. I hope he has a wonderful retirement with his family. He has earned it.

  12. Cleareye - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Torre is a class act. It was awful seeing him suffer with the Dodgers, now owned by a phony loser from Boston who only intend is to bleed the organization of its cash. It’s gotten so bad with the Dodgers I expect McCourt to next say he can’t afford Vin Scully and sells the naming rights to Dodger Stadium to FoxNews!

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