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Don Mattingly knows the Dodgers’ high expectations have his job on the line this season

Mar 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Don Mattingly is entering the final season of his contract and the Dodgers manager told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he doesn’t expect to get an extension before Opening Day.

Not only that, but Mattingly explained that if the Dodgers and their record $230 million payroll don’t live up to the high expectations this season he would understand if ownership wanted him gone:

If we don’t win and we’re healthy, they really should look at it. This team has a lot of talent. My job, and my coaches’ job, is to get them to play the game right. If we can’t get them to play the game right, they may have the wrong voice. There’s a ton of talent here.

You don’t hear many managers say that type of thing and it’ll be awfully easy to trot out those quotes if the Dodgers get off to a slow start. In his first two seasons Mattingly went 82-79 and 86-76, failing to make the playoffs in both years.

It’s also worth noting that the Dodgers have a 2014 option on Mattingly that they haven’t exercised yet despite the manager asking them to do so. So if the team gets off to a good start or makes a deep playoff run they aren’t at risk of losing him either.

  1. losangelesfan - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    He’s a Yankee. Get rid of him.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      don’t worry, he just needed some on the job training as a Manager.
      one day he will return home, they always do.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    See Greinke story. Injuries and bad seasons by highly paid players such as Crawford, could possibly do in the Dodgers.

    • tastybasslines - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Absolutely. Don’t be surprised if Gonzalez sees a big drop in production too.

      Expectations = Future Disappointments

  3. granted42 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    I’m sure the reigning World Series Champs will be doing everything they can to help him lose his job.

  4. Mark Armour - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I don’t think they are the favorite to win the division. Mattingly might be setting himself up for a fall here.

  5. jm91rs - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    You get on a good team with high expectations and your job is never safe. I’m glad to hear him admit that. If he wanted more security he could have tried for the Pirates or Royals job where .500 is all you need.

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