The Los Angeles Dodgers could make a move during the offseason to move on from manager Don Mattingly. It is clear there is some tension within the organization, especially after Mattingly vented his frustration about his job in front of the media at the team’s end-of-season press conference.
“It puts me in a spot where everything I do is questioned. Because I’m basically trying out, auditioning to say, `Can you manage a team or not manage?’ It’s a tough spot. To me, it gets to that point where three years in you either know or you don’t,” Mattingly said, according to Dodgers.com.
“When you’re put in this position, the organization basically says, `We don’t know if you can manage or not.’ That’s the position I’ve been in all year long. So, that’s not a great position for me as a manager. That’s the way the organization wanted it last year. That’s fine. At this point, it is what it is.
“I’ve dealt with a lot as a player and with everything I’m feeling, hopefully I get a chance to speak with everyone — Ned, [chairman] Mark Walter, Magic [Johnson], Stan, and speak to them about how I feel.”
If there was any doubt surrounding Mattingly’s ability to manage, there is no question he cleared that up this season. The Dodgers appeared to be out of it after their slow start. However, Mattingly never gave up on the players or the team. He understood there was enough talent to make a run at a postseason berth, which is exactly what Los Angeles did.
It is funny because if the Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS instead of losing in six games, Mattingly would be a lock to come back. However, Los Angeles is so blind that they are incapable of seeing a good thing despite it sitting right in front of them.
Mattingly is a good manager. He is someone the players believe in, which is everything an organization can ask for. If the Dodgers decide he is not the man for the job then he should not worry. There are plenty of teams that would be happy to have a manager with his talents.