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Don Mattingly will still be the Dodgers’ manager on Friday

May 22, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

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Don Mattingly had some harsh things to say about the club he manages on Wednesday afternoon, leaving many to guess that he might be officially canned at some point during Thursday’s scheduled team off day.

But that apparently will not happen. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Don Mattingly will be managing the Dodgers on Friday when they open a three-game series at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to two people familiar with the team’s plans.

“Do I feel worried?” Mattingly said. “No, not really. Should I be?”

He laughed.

The Dodgers beat the Brewers on Wednesday by a score of 9-2 but are still 19-26 on the season and will play a three-game series this weekend against the team with the best record and best run differential in baseball.

  1. Old Gator - May 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    This entire subject will fail to interest me again until something actually happens.

    • alexo0 - May 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      I’m in total agreement. Leave the gossipmongering to Rosenthal’s latest tabloid column.

    • fanofevilempire - May 23, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      too bad, when they start reporting you will be fired, you will be fired.
      lots of good mangers are fired.

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        And who is They? Shouldn’t They base their baseball business knowledge on something more than the words of an anonymous scout?

      • Old Gator - May 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Yeah, I know “Them” is giant man eating ants, but….they?

      • koufaxmitzvah - May 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        They Live, OG.

        Which is only cool because Rowdy Roddy is here to chew gum and kick some ass… and he’s almost out of gum.

  2. lionshawk - May 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    My guess is he had prior authorization to call out the team. It is a tactic to get guys to put out the effort needed to win. Problem is you can replace 1 guy easier than the team. If it doesn’t work there will be a change at the helm.

  3. riverace19 - May 23, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Donnie Baseball was a tremendous player but that does not make him a great manager; he will be a top hitting coach for someone.

  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - May 23, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    “My guess is he had prior authorization to call out the team. It is a tactic to get guys to put out the effort needed to win”

    i’ll agree but in this particular situation it’s of my opinion that calling out fat & happy players with some amount of success at this level for being “soft” – ain’t gonna work. whether or not LA management agrees with me is a different story (and they should know the clubhouse). but i am failing to remember a team loaded with star-level players being ratcheted by a manager/coach in the media that suddenly started performing.

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      I don’t know about that. Billy Martin used to do that all the time, and sometimes it worked, sometimes not. It got him fired an incredible number of times, but the man always got performance out of his teams before he talked himself out of his job.

  5. js20011041 - May 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    At this point, whether Mattingly should be the manager or not, all this speculation about his job has to hurt him in the clubhouse. On a team with that many egos and large contracts, how is it possible to garner respect when you’re employment is so openly in doubt? It’s probably better for all parties involved to just pull the trigger now rather than drag it out.

    • js20011041 - May 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Whoops. Should be your employment.

      • abaird2012 - May 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Yes, it should be my emploment. Unfortunately, the Dodgers never called.

    • jwbiii - May 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      But a spin around town in a tumbrel beforehand is much more entertaining. Who doesn’t love a parade?

  6. manchestermiracle - May 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I could deal with the crappy record if it was merely a result of injuries, but today I learned $200M doesn’t buy grit. Or even giving a sh*t about having any grit. Mattingly is (rightfully) seeming to not care about his long-term employment with this overpaid, under-achieving group of marshmallows.

  7. michaeljacksonisback - May 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Dear Dodgers… Get ready for a first class beating. Cardinal nation in you’re house!!!

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      “your” house. People take your smack much more seriously if you can spell and use good grammar. Just a suggestion.

  8. 4cornersfan - May 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    A team from a major city with tremendous fan support and lots of money behind it that bought a bunch of free agent all-stars. Wasn’t there another team on the other coast that did that? Oops! The other team managed to win a bunch of titles and a World Series every so often. Yankees Lite.

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