|THIS doesn't look comfortable. Nick Ut / Associated Press|
So today everything got aired out.
The Dodgers said: "You'll take a one-year contract and be happy."
Damn Mattingly said: "I say screw your one-year deal, and raise it to a multi-year."
Which should bring forth an interesting week in Dodgerdom. Now we'll see who's bluffing, who's bullying, and who's folding. I'm glad it only took 72 hours for the knives to come out.
Regular ATBATT readers know I'm no fan of Mattingly Baseball. No way indeed. To recap - the guy can't manage a batting order or a bullpen, and he sure as heck can't manage bases loaded with nobody out! I'm not saying he'll never learn these skills, but I'll always say I don't want him learning his craft on my team.
He summed everything up himself at today's press conference. Mattingly said something to the effect that he's been managing for three years and ownership knows what he's got by now. What more do they need to see?
Well, the man is right. He's managed three years and sat under Joe Torre's terrific tutalage as he ran the Dodgers for another three. If the guy hasn't figured out N.L. baseball tactics by now, he may never.
This is ownership's big chance to drop Mattingly like his managing prowess dropped back-to-back pitching masterpieces by Kershaw and Greinke to start off the NLCS. Heck, they can even lay it at Mattingly's plate as he essentially called them out and dared them to do SOMETHING.
Good luck, skipper.
In other news, Dodgers Trainer Sue Falsone won't be back. This is a good move. As much as I disagree with the sexists who say this proves a woman can't do the job, I sure don't believe this one can do the job. She may not have caused that original avalanche of injuries, but I would have liked to see a lot more prevention of the second and third injury waves.
Mattingly is also demanding the return of all of his coaches. Please, oh please, Magic...do what you can to make sure Cheater Mcgwire doesn't bring us yet another year of "The Dead Bat Era". If you're gonna keep him, then hire some bad-ass Asst. Batting Coaches.
Ultimately, I won't complain if the Dodgers give Mattingly his multi-year Christmas present. At least, not until Spring Training. However, if we do open 2014 with a new skipper, I have one more request for Magic:
Please DO NOT replace Damn Mattingly with The Jinx!!!!