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OK, maybe Mattingly won’t get fired this week

May 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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In response to Ken Rosenthal’s column on the possible imminent end to Don Mattingly’s career in Los Angeles, Bill Shaikin reports thusly:

The Dodgers have “no plans” to fire Manager Don Mattingly when the team returns home Thursday or any time before then, a club official said late Sunday night.

So he’s safe. That is, unless the Dodgers are crazy-impulsive. Crazy-impulsive people do things without “plans” all the time. Like, say, drive to Canada the morning after some heavy drinking. Or get a tattoo while on vacation. Or trade for the most expensive players on a losing, in-fighting team late in the season.

You know, insane, last minute things.

  1. realgone2 - May 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Well as soon as the fron office issues Don the “vote of confidence” then he needs to start hitting with his resume.

  2. fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    most managers get fired when the team makes a trade like Dodgers did and it doesn’t
    work out but that doesn’t mean it is the managers fault.

    Donnie is a good manager but the players he has don’t work together.

    • tonyc920 - May 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      When are these so called “Baseball People” going to get it through their thick skulls, you just can’t go out and buy several high dollar free agents and expect to be an automatic contender.
      How big is payroll, $225 million ?

  3. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Gosh Craig, I drive to Canada all the time, regardless of what I consumed the night before.

  4. 13arod - May 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    i don’t know why sometimes mangers get all the blame for the team struggles the manger can’t do that much to help a team win

  5. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Someone please take away Gonzo’s cell phone.

  6. bigmark67 - May 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    The Dodgers have had lots of injuries, hope they give Mattingly the whole season to see what happens when they get everyone back. The bullpen is killing them though.

  7. olddodgerfan - May 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    and I thought tracy was bad…..if someone on my team batted .075, he surely wouldn’t be batting clean-up…….compare 3 new players to dodgers core group….. (1)new…base hit, old…double play….(2) new,,,double….old…ground out short/second area….(3) new…..base hit…..old….double play……
    something is out of sync….pitch around new players and go for the easy outs……never fails you give vetrans big contacts and it never pays off…..are both kemp and ethier injured….they are swinging the bats terrible….and pitching……..league should be in a “league” of his own and Jensen is pitching himself out of a job too….

  8. eightyraw - May 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    He better trim those sideburns if he wants to stay on the team.

  9. heyblueyoustink - May 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    “You know, insane, last minute things”

    Like putting a keg of beer in the trunk, running the hose through the back seat, and heading to the Million Marijuana Man March last minute decision?

  10. stevietimmy - May 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Ah yes, the ol “This-is-all-just-rumor-and-innuendo-but-MAYBE-(insert manager name here)-gets-fired-today-without-a-shred-of-evidence-to-support-this-theory, yet-also-acknowledging-that-none-does-exist, thereby-making-oneself-appear-as-a-sage-if-it-indeed-does-occur-by-pure-chance, or-held-harmless-if-not, since-already-stating-that-there-wasn’t-any-evidence-to-support-said-musings-in-the-first-place” play.

    Brilliant. Yawn.

  11. moogro - May 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I just don’t see nearly the amount of “fire the manager” sentiment in Los Angeles that I usually see in other cities, even when that sentiment is attempted to be stoked by media goons. I think that is a big factor in these kinds of decisions. I would guess he is OK, at least for sure for a month more of Greinke starts.

  12. fearthehoody - May 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Its mayhem here in SoCal! Who would of thought Mattingly, Socia, Del Negro, Mike Brown, all get fired in the same year!? Watch out Kiffen.

  13. jkaflagg - May 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Last year’s Boston trade actually made sense to get Gonzalez and Crawford for this season; the trades for Blanton & Victorino were crazy, but then they gave up practically nothing for those guys. Dodger management seems to be reasonably focused (at least Kaston) on a long range plan, but a guy like Magic who had all the advice in the world on how to fix the Lakers may insist on “action”, such as canning the manager…..will be interesting to see what they do or don’t do…..

  14. shoesforallsays - May 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    It’s not his fault that half their roster is on the DL but all the bunts are his fault.

  15. baylj98 - May 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    The relief pitchers need to stop throwing room service pitches.

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