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Dodgers fire Don Mattingly’s hand-picked bench coach

Oct 22, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

Don Mattingly, Trey Hillman AP

Don Mattingly and the Dodgers appear headed for some sort of confrontation with one season remaining on his contract, but in the meantime Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that bench coach Trey Hillman has been fired.

Hillman joined Mattingly’s staff in 2011 after being fired as Royals manager following a 152-207 (.423) record in two-plus seasons in Kansas City.

Shaikin recently wrote an article in which he noted that “Mattingly handpicked him for the Dodgers’ coaching staff” in 2011 and “Hillman and Mattingly usually share a ride to Dodger Stadium” as “carpool mates.”

So presumably this wasn’t Mattingly’s doing, in which case the tension in Los Angeles may have just increased even further.

UPDATE: Molly Knight of ESPN.com describes Mattingly and Hillman as “best friends.” This could get ugly.

  1. weaselpuppy - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Gene Lamont should be the Tigers next clubhouse towelboy. Or hotdog vendor.

  2. whitneymuse - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    If Don wishes to manage balls in his court; the Dodgers have spoken first apparently without consultation with Donny. Who’s running this this ball club? We know it wasn’t Mattingly.

  3. joerymi - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    This feels like a move made by a caller to a sports talk station.

    Lets shake it up, boys…CAN that bench coach!!!

  4. jimeejohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Had to be a fall guy. That’s the way a business works.

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