Don Mattingly: Los Angeles Dodgers to fire manager soon?

May 20, 2013 – 7:49 am by Ryan Phillips

Don Mattingly

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a $217 million payroll and currently sit at 17-25 and occupy last place in the National League West. They are seven games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks and according to several reports, it will be a miracle if manager Don Mattingly lasts the week.

The Dodgers were swept over the weekend in Atlanta, and were outscored 16-8 by the Braves in the process. The team’s bullpen allowed 12 of those 16 runs. On Sunday night Los Angeles suffered a 5-2 loss in which Atlanta scored four times in the eighth inning off of relievers Kenley Jansen and Brandon League.

In short, the Dodgers are an absolute mess, and with a ton of bad contracts on the docket, the front office can’t just dump players. The only move the team can make is to fire Mattingly.

Mattingly has a laid-back personality and the Dodgers are a laid-back, veteran team. That can be an awful combination.

The team has a ton of high-priced egos, with guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier and Josh Beckett. Those seven guys alone are making $118.25 million this season. When guys are making that much money, oftentimes they get complacent.

The fact that the Dodgers currently have the sixth-worst record in baseball is absolutely unacceptable. Sometimes when you have to send a message to a roster, the only way to do it is by dumping a manager.

Mattingly’s contract is up after this season, which would make firing him a whole lot easier.

With new ownership who didn’t hire them now in place, don’t be surprised if Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti both get the boot. Colletti probably will get the rest of the season to prove his worth, but Mattingly is almost surely on his last legs.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Don Mattingly: Los Angeles Dodgers to fire manager soon?”

  2. Celebrity ownership of the Dodgers can be equated to Jerry Jones as the Cowboys GM, too much money and too little talent analysis leads to disaster, especially in the big market arenas. The O’Malley family ran the best sports franchise of their times in any sport like clock work and treated the entire organization as “family”, for years their AAA clubs had “big leaguers” playing because the parent club stars were still producing. Thats how good they were at talent evaluation. They are finding out now that doing that is not “Majic”, it is hiring the right people in the right places.

    By Lou on May 20, 2013

  3. Colletti should get the boot. He was the designer of the Dodger fiasco.

    By Robert on May 20, 2013

  4. fire honeycutt and mcqurie pitching is awful batting is also bad

    By jones on May 20, 2013

  5. Its not only Mattingly who pulls his starters for little or no reason, does not beleive in the intentional walk, seldom try to create a run and seem to never study the other teams scouting, its also the pitching and batting coaches. While hitting the Dodger hitters take to many strick one first pitich. That too often leads to a strickout. I bet the Dodgers are in the top three in the majors in strickouts. The relief pichers are worst I have ever seen, the same guys were much better two years ago. Finally fire the GM, his knowledge of baseball seems the be bad advice from the Yankees, Joe Torre or Tommy Lasarda.

    By nat davis on May 20, 2013

  6. Fire Mattingly for leaving Kersahw in first game.
    Fire Colletti for not getting end of season pitching,
    ( Think Peavey, Price,Lackey etc ) and therefore pushing Kershaw into third game start.
    and BTW get rid of Hanley, Uribe and Ethier.

    By don on Oct 8, 2014

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