Don Mattingly Would Be Perfect For The Nationals Or Tigers MGR Positions: Dodgers Skipper Is Still In Limbo
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The Dodgers are making a mistake in not signing Don Mattingly to a multi – year deal. If you actually sit back and think about what he was able to do is a miracle this year.
Matt Kemp was 50% of himself – and also missed half of the year.
Hanley Ramirez played at an MVP caliber for the time he was in there, problem was – missed 74 games.
Carl Crawford was great, but he missed 45 Games.
Yasiel Puig came up – with 60 Games already taken off of the year.
Brandon League was abysmal early as a Closer.
Also, when his team was fully intact, the club went on that 42 – 8 historic streak. ALL – Star squad or not, that stretch had to have come with some great coaching,
I will give you that Mattingly has made some mistakes along the way. But the dude is learning. I think he is perfect for this ALL – Star Squad. I mean who else can say that he doesn’t know what he is talking about?
Mattingly was a perennial ALL – Star and a borderline Hall Of Fame player, with this team he certainly has some clout when speaking,
The 52 Year old from Evansville, Indiana knows what it is like to play with the pressure is on. Plus he learned under Joe Torre for 6 years before he was given his chance to skipper.
He is 260 – 225 (.536) during his three years in Los Angeles.
For the first season and a half, under the previous ownership in LA (Mccourt’s), Mattingly groomed his best work during that time span.
The team went from 82 Wins in 2011, to 86 Wins in 2012, and now 92 Wins. The last thing this team should do is change at the guard.
By virtue of making the NLCS, Donnie Baseball will at least get $1.4 MIL given to him for the 2014 year. Even if the Dodgers axe the former First Baseman, he walks away with that.
I hope it doesn’t come to this. I think the tandem of Mattingly and hitting coach Mark McGwire have been superb for the players in LA.
This team should ante up the cash to retain the guy.
The Dodgers may sign former player Dusty Baker to take over the spot. Bad move in my opinion.
The Dodgers were 62 – 30 during the last 92 Games of their schedule. That equates to a .673 Win Percentage.
The only man that the club should shove aside for is Mike Scioscia.
Mattingly would probably benefit from a move to the American League. I think he would be great in Detroit taking over for Jim Leyland.
Either that, or he could manage the Washington Nationals – and be a great tutor to Bryce Harper and Gang.
The Nationals can’t go with Dusty Baker or some retread. Just like they had interest in Joe Girardi, the Nats should realize that the best efforts of Mattingly as a Manager are still ahead.
Mattingly will never go to Seattle.
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Posted on October 23, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged AL East, andre ethier, bryce harper, carl crawford, detroit ttigers, don mattingly, dusty baker, frank mccourt, Jim Leyland, joe girardi, Joe Torre, los angees dodgers, mark mcgwire, matt kemp, miguel cabrera, ned coletti, new york yankees, prince fielder, Tommy Lasorda, walter alston, washington nationals, yasiel puig, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Don Mattingly Would Be Perfect For The Nationals Or Tigers MGR Positions: Dodgers Skipper Is Still In Limbo.