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Could Don Mattingly wind up with the Nationals?

May 24, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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He’s still employed by the Dodgers. And Davey Johnson is still employed by the Nats. But the latter situation is only going to last for this year and the former could end at any time. In light of that Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com hears some chatter that the former could replace the latter:

People who know Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo say Rizzo is and has always been a Mattingly fan. The Nationals considered Mattingly as manager once before, according to sources, although they never officially interviewed him for the job at that point.

Seems pretty thin. And Knobler’s comparison of Fredi Gonzalez — who left a bad situation in Florida to take over the Braves — is only apt insofar as it involved a manager getting fired one year and being hired the next. Manny Acta got a job the year after he left Washington too. Lots of guys do.

It’s hard to say what the Nats might want in their next manager. But it does strike me that a guy who has, so far anyway, not performed well amid high expectations for a talented roster, would not exactly be the prime choice for a Nationals team which will certainly have high expectations and a lot of talent next season, no matter what happens this year.

  1. lyon810 - May 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    All this talk of Mattingly going to this team, or that team. I really don’t get it. I’m not basing it on the Dodgers performance this season, but he doesn’t seem like he’s that good of a manager. I really don’t see the mass appeal. If I’m wrong someone say so, but I just don’t get it.

    • dondada10 - May 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      He was part of Torre’s staff and the Yankees passed him up for Girardi.

      • abaird2012 - May 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        He’s Donnie Baseball!

  2. Old Gator - May 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Is “a bad situation in Florida” like “eagle bird” or “collie dog”?

  3. natslady - May 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Pass.

    • lphboston - May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Agreed, natslady. DMatt is not the guy. We (Nats) already have a players’ manager and that is not working out.

      Throw some cheese on a trap and hope Joe Maddon bites.

      • raysfan1 - May 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        No, you can’t have him. He’s ours.

    • madhatternalice - May 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Agreed. It’s articles like this that make me wish we could have hung on to Bo Porter a little longer.

  4. wonderkt - May 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Mattingly was a way better first baseman than he is a manager. There is no shame in that.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      If it’s so obvious, you can point it out, right?

      I know Mattingly had that awesome season when he hit 9 grand slams, and the Dodgers seem to have the hardest time scoring when the bags are full. Is that what you’re talking about?

      The “discussions” are ridiculous.

      • wonderkt - May 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        I’d respond to your comment if I only knew what it was you were trying to say.

  5. blovy8 - May 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    It’s a small space between mustache and must ache.

  6. cackalackyank - May 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I loved Donnie as an NYY first baseman. That being said, not everone is cut out to manage in the Big leagues. Don Mattingly may be just one such guy.

  7. vallewho - May 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    PFT

  8. jiveturkey23 - May 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Mattingly is a big giant turd that needs to be flushed. He is a terrible manager, who has somehow has gotten by in life on a few good years. Imagine if everyone who had a few good years could give themself a nickname and just get MLB managing jobs. Brady anderson would be coaching the orioles, jerome walton would be runnin the cubs and scott brosious would be runnin the Yankees

    • genericcommenter - May 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      I don’t think HOFer Kirby Puckett will be handing out anymore nicknames. Jerome Walton never even really had 1 good year. He had one year that was good, for a rookie, and he was basically a minimum level starter for 116 games. Scott Brosius had exactly one season that was as good as Mattingly’s career average OPS, including his significant decline years. He had 2 pretty good seasons in a 7 or so year run as a not-quite full-time player.

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