The Los Angeles Dodgers just made one heck of a run all the way to the NLCS. After a terrible start to the season, the Dodgers turned things around in a big way to come within two games of the World Series. But now the harsh reality of the offseason has sunk in. It’s back to the drawing board for everybody, including manager Don Mattingly.
As you may remember, Mattingly was almost fired this past summer when the Dodgers were struggling. But once his team caught fire, those talks became a thing of the past. With his recent victory in the NLDS, Mattingly earned himself another year on his contract. However, he’s still not sure if he’s going to be back with the team next season.
Lots of the skipper’s comments as of late make him seem like a guy who’s tried of his current situation. Not that he doesn’t want to coach the Dodgers, but that he doesn’t want to continue coaching with uncertainty:
“This has been a frustrating year, honestly. I think when you basically come in with a club like this as a lame duck with the payroll and the guys you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse. I dealt with that all year long and really what it does is puts me in a spot where everything that I do is questioned, because I’m basically trying out, auditioning to say, ‘Can you mange or can you not manage?’ To me, it gets to the point where you either know or you don’t.”
Translation – extend me or release me.
You can’t blame Mattingly for feeling this way. He’s been in L.A. for three years now and if that’s not enough time for management to say ‘he’s our guy’, then I’m not sure what they’re looking at. It’s time for the Dodgers to lock him up long-term or start looking for a new skipper.