The Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans entered the 2013 MLB season with high expectations. These hopes rested not only on continued greatness from the team’s stars like Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, but also on the team’s management and coaches to lead the club both on and off the field.
The Dodgers’ front office has done their part by providing the team with as much money spent on transactions as possible over the past two years, but the 2013 season started out rather rocky. On June 21, the Dodgers sank to their season-worst 12 games below .500 as fans and writers continued to ponder how much longer manager Don Mattingly had at the head of the team:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 20, 2013
Since June 21, the Dodgers have turned their abysmal 30-42 record into an amazing 27 games above .500. In that 67 game span, the Dodgers’ 53-14 record is the second best record in MLB history from game 73 to 139. The 1906 Chicago Cubs won 55 games over that span and later went on to win the NL Pennant.
While the returns of Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were clear catalysts for the Dodgers’ turnaround, Mattingly and the rest of the coaching staff certainly deserve some of the credit. Despite questionable calls at times, Mattingly has put together a fantastic overall portfolio this year and has guided the Boys in Blue to what seems like an inevitable postseason appearance.
The last time a Dodgers manager won the award was back in 1988 when the great Tommy Lasorda hauled in the honor for the second time in six years. With all of the hype and excitement that went into this season, as long as the Dodgers make the playoffs and win at least one series, I do not see any logical reason why Mattingly would not win the NL Manager of the Year Award.
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