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Don Mattingly’s job is safe no matter what happens in NLCS

Oct 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly AP

As of last week the Dodgers reportedly hadn’t decided on Don Mattingly’s fate for next season, but now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com talked to a source who says he’ll be back as manager regardless of what happens in the NLCS.

Mattingly’s job was in serious jeopardy in May and June, but the Dodgers turned their whole season around in a huge way and then beat the Braves in the NLDS. His contract includes an option for 2014, so to bring him back the Dodgers simply need to not fire him, although it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any tension surrounding what would be lame-duck status. Last offseason he asked to have his 2014 option picked up in advance and the Dodgers said no thanks, so clearly Mattingly isn’t keen on managing under a one-year deal.

Mattingly has a 260-225 (.536) record in three seasons since taking over for Joe Torre, including 92-70 this year for the team’s fifth 90-win campaign in the past 20 seasons.

  1. dan1111 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    So, they’re going to use what he has done over the last three seasons rather than hire or fire him based on the next 1-3 games? That is absurd!

    I think they should select a random at-bat in the next game, and evaluate him based on that at-bat. If he isn’t able to manage that situation into a hit, fire him on the spot.

    • stex52 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      You captured the absurdity beautifully. This ^^^^^^^^^^^

  2. seniorboy - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    no way, he lacks baseball gamesmanship and cannot manufacture runs. He chess his gum and lets the game go on and does nothing when shrewdness and creativity needs to be brought into a very tight game. He allows his plays not to advance runners, and the result, well they are called double plays, how many did they hit into during game one, which should have been won but for his inability to recognize opportunities, he did nothing. Absurd that AD did not hit in the 10th and 13th innigs and we settled for whatshisname who promptly hit into double plays – wow, what imagination.
    Now, when his best talent is hit in the ribs by the Cards pitcher, he does not retaliate against their best hitter, Carlos Beltran and hit him in the ribs and let him play with the same pain that Hanley is now struggling with and this was a chickenshit pitch by a chickenshit pitcher and he needs to feel a
    baseball striking the vulnerable parts of his body. That’s the only way some people get it.
    Fire him

  3. marriane7 - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Terrific news. He facilitates successful attitudes and will only improve his strategies with experience, which he already has plenty of as a player and hitting coach.

  4. kastout11 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Of course he should be back next year. I think Donnie Baseball will win it this year, but if not, they will have a healthy Kemp and David Price will be a Dodger next year. As long as they are healthy next year, I see nothing stopping them from winning the world series. I would get another arm for the bull pen though this offseason.

  5. mkprz - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    This team has barely been formed this year.
    They still need time to gel.
    I would think that with the talent the Dodgers have, they should be smoking the whole league.
    There have been some weird decisions, but that is baseball.
    If he cannot produce a championship next year, he must surly go.

  6. mkprz - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    No one believes me when I tell them that the Dodgers will never again win a World Series again because they celebrated gay/lesbian/transgendered night at Dodger Stadium. Not tolerated, but celebrated.
    They even had to sneak it under Firework Night, when families were gathered , and at the last minute with nothing on the schedule
    You thought the ‘Curse of the Bambino was long? This one is for good.
    LOL.

  7. mkprz - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    It’s still fun to watch a game, but a ring will never happen.
    I still have hope that they might make the WS, but win it? No way!

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