Los Angeles Dodgers: Extend Don Mattingly Or Let Him Walk

By Michael Pidgeon
Mattingly and Lasorda
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The disconnection between current manager Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers are a combination of immaturity and lack of communication. General Manager Ned Colletti‘s lack of emotion towards the Dodgers’ managerial job needs to be questioned immediately. If Mattingly is worried about managing on a one-year contract then Ned needs to be blunt and tell him he is either not getting an extension and should go else where, or just extend the guy if you are confident in his abilities. It is not as hard as these men are making it seem.

Los Angeles struggled early and often last year and Mattingly was managing on a one-year deal then also. If Don doesn’t want to face the same situation and Colletti has the future of the Dodgers as his top priority, then they both need to sit down and figure this out before it’s too late. It doesn’t matter how much talent a team has, if the manager doesn’t know how to use it or they fear they’re being judged too much, it’s going to alter their decision-making and in return affect the team massively.

If Ned and company are waiting for the next Tommy Lasorda to walk through the door and take them to the promised land once again, then they’re going to be waiting quite a long time because managers like him don’t come around too often. Whether Mattingly is or isn’t the right man for the job in Los Angeles, it needs to be clarified and not just through an agent, or a contractual clause because that’s not how things should be done. If the Dodgers are to make a World Series or even win one, everything needs to be done accordingly and it all starts with have the right manager. The Dodgers’ organization needs to stop dancing around the situation and get it fixed while the offseason is still young.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, or add him to your network on Google

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