Any time you enter a season with a $230M payroll the expectations are going to be through the roof. The Los Angeles Dodgers made all of the headlines this offseason and the heat will be on Manager Don Mattingly as he will captain one of the most hyped teams in the history of the MLB.
At 51-years-old Mattingly is going into his third season at the helm for the Dodgers and has yet to win more than 86 games and is still looking for his first divisional title as Manager. In 2011 he was eighth in voting for NL Manager of the Year is his rookie year at the position but, his first season was average at best with a third place finish and 82 wins.
Sitting at 168-155 in his managerial career Mattingly has nothing to be ashamed about, however he must understand just how bright the spotlight is on him in 2013. Expectations were somewhat high in 2012 and the Dodgers disappointed by choking away a first place lead that they had for 88 games last summer–the Dodgers sunk as low as 11 games out of first place this summer.
I can guarantee that if the Dodgers don’t make the playoffs in 2013 Mattingly can start looking for a new job this winter.
With the San Francisco Giants entering Spring Training with a repeat on their mind’s the Dodgers will have their word cut out for them taking the field with the largest payroll in MLB history.
Making big moves in the offseason is a catch-22 as now the Dodgers move from the 13th highest payroll in 2012 to the wealthiest team in the MLB in 2013.