Managers are far from sacred this day in time in Major League Baseball. They are very clearly the first targeted change when something is going wrong. It appears for a little while that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to keep that trend going early during the season. They were rumored to be firing Don Mattingly because of the bad team performance. Thankfully that seemed to be mostly media fluff and not actually the truth.
I say thankfully because shortly after those rumors were answered comically by Mattingly and the office suits, the Dodgers went on the most incredible role in MLB history. What they did can be attributed to all kinds of people but if the manager gets a lot of the blame when things go wrong then he should also get a lot of the credit when things go right. That should be the case for the Dodgers this season and they should show their faith in Mattingly by picking up the 2014 option on his contract.
They shouldn’t wait to do it after the postseason or anything, just in case getting swept in a series or something could adversely affect their opinion. Winning the division is the number one thing that matters for the manager. Great skippers like Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and others have said that very thing. Mattingly did that and did it very well. He deserves to be compensated for doing a good job during the time he’s had with the Dodgers. Here is hoping they do it soon.