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Don Mattingly gets a vote of confidence from Stan Kasten

May 23, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made some pointed comments about his team yesterday, many thought that it was the beginning of the end for him in Los Angeles. It still might be, but the Dodgers are sticking with him for now.

After we learned last night that Mattingly will indeed be the manager for Friday’s series opener against the Cardinals, Dodgers president Stan Kasten told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal today that he saw the controversial comments as motivational in nature. He also provided what could be considered a “vote of confidence” for the embattled skipper.

“I know what Don is trying to do, what his intention is,” Kasten told on Thursday. “It’s to light a fire, kick-start the team. He’s trying everything he can think of. We’re all behind him.”

Meanwhile, Buster Olney and Jayson Stark of ESPN are reporting that Mattingly “is in no imminent danger of being fired.” They also hear that general manager Ned Colletti and Mattingly are on the same page regarding the controversial comments.

Despite a $230 million payroll, the Dodgers will begin play Friday with a disappointing 19-26 record. If they don’t turn things around quickly, Mattingly figures to pay the price.

  1. Old Gator - May 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Mattingly has received several votes of confidence from the Bums brass lately.

    He’s doomed.

    • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      “Off with his head!”

      – Stan Kasten

    • dan1111 - May 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Indeed. Actually, I thought the HBT style book mandated that it be referred to as a “dreaded vote of confidence”.

  2. shaggytoodle - May 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    It pains me to say this, but the Brewers have been handing out confidence to more teams than they should lately.

  3. andreweac - May 24, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Does Donnie Baseball have the Willingness to Win?

    • manchestermiracle - May 24, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      His players obviously don’t.

  4. wonderkt - May 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    A “vote of confidence” from the owner, and the GM is assuring everyone that him and Mattingly are “on the same page”? Pack your bags, Donnie, this cannot possibly end well.

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