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Don Mattingly ran out of pitchers while managing in fall league

Oct 29, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT


Hired as the Dodgers’ manager despite having zero actual managerial experience, Don Mattingly headed to the Arizona Fall League to get some games under his belt skippering the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

And as Scott Merkin of writes, he ran out of pitchers in a blowout loss yesterday.

The game was originally ruled a forfeit after the top of the eighth inning ended, but then the statistics amassed would not have counted. A decision was made by the AFL to call this game due to a lack of pitching in order to avoid extending any fall league pitcher and lessen the chance for injury. The move came after Mattingly met with the umpiring crew on the field before the bottom of the eighth, and the crew then talked with Saguaros manager Ted Simmons.

Things were going OK until the seventh inning, when Dodgers prospect Steven Ames came into the game and allowed all seven batters he faced to reach base. Mattingly then used two other pitchers to get out of the inning, at which point the bullpen was apparently empty with six outs still to record.

Not exactly what Dodgers fans were hoping for as Mattingly tries to learn on the job, particularly after he had two embarrassing gaffes this season while managing following a Joe Torre ejection, allowing the team to bat out of order and being forced to remove closer Jonathan Broxton following an accidental visit to the mound.

  1. BC - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Why not just stick your fifth outfielder in to pitch? I don’t get it.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Whoa, when did he allow the batters to bat out of order? I don’t recall that. Someone fill me in.

    • dodger88 - Oct 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

      Spring training; he managed a couple of games while Torre was in Taiwan and on one of them Either and another batter got switched up for their first at bat.

      I realize that the AFL is far from a normal baseball game in how it is run; what kind of rosters do they have? How many pitchers do they carry? As a Dodger fan I am praying there is some missing context, otherwise I need to be proactive and get into the fetal position now.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM

        You’re a Dodger fan and you’re not already in the Fetal position?? You’re still not in the prayer position anymore are you?? If so, you may be a little behind the mode here.

  3. JBerardi - Oct 29, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    If Mattingly hadn’t been such a great and iconic player, would anyone even be considering him to manage an MLB club? The Dodgers are really making a push to be the biggest train wreak in baseball next year…

  4. Bob Timmermann - Oct 30, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    It’s the Fall League. Teams aren’t given 13-man bullpens and pitchers who can be used without restriction to pitch counts. Should Mattingly have gone and burned out some other organization’s pitching prospect just to keep people happy.

    This piece by Aaron is one of the laziest pieces of writing I have ever seen from him. I can’t believe he was this clueless.

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