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07:14 AM ET 05.20 | Soon it may all be over in L.A. for embattled manager Don Mattingly. Now I'm convinced that Mattingly is going to get fired. ... The Dodgers were swept over their weekend in Atlanta, getting outscored, 16-8. Their bullpen allowed 12 of the runs. And Mattingly's postgame quotes were the equivalent of bad body language. ... [I thought], "Mattingly might be gone tomorrow." And then I got a text from a rival scout, one who has no particular insight into the Dodgers, but is attuned -- like so many in the sport -- to the game's day-to-day rhythms. "Making the call -- Donnie Ballgame will get the axe tomorrow," the scout said. When I asked the scout why he thought that, he replied, "Gut feeling. The way they've been losing."

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May 20, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Not his fault the Dodgers are losing but you can't fire the players. I get it. Just too bad because Don is a real class guy and I always hated the Yankees and don't care much for the Dodgers, but's a stand-up guy. I always liked him.

May 20, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Mattingly didn't make the idiot trade with Boston. He didn't trade for Hanley or sign Greinke. Perhaps a different manager might get more out of the Dodgers collection of chronically under performing "stars," but I doubt it.

May 20, 2013  08:19 AM ET
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Not his fault the Dodgers are losing but you can't fire the players. I get it. Just too bad because Don is a real class guy and I always hated the Yankees and don't care much for the Dodgers, but's a stand-up guy. I always liked him.

Rule should be: If you fire your manager mid season, the GM who put the cast of characters together to begin with has to manage them.

May 20, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Many times I wonder how often a manger makes a real difference. Yes, there are times when a manger is placed into a certain situation, that few are predicting will have success, and seems to take what he is given and somehow has the team excel beyond expectations. Buck Showalter immediately comes to mind. But, in my opinion those types of managers are the exceptions and not the norm.
Two of the most succesful managers in the game, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre, were not very special before they were named as managers of Yankee teams that were filled with talent up and down the lineup as well as run by owners/front offices that were able to continually supply them with superior talent throughout their managerial terms with the Yankees. Two of the, arguably, three best teams that the Yankees may have ever had. In my opinion both of these men were in the right place at the right time.
And, without going through the annals of all of MLB's history I will wager that this is more often the case, than not, when a manager turns out to be very successful as opposed to not being very succcesful.
Unfortunatey Mattingly may have been thrust into a situation that he may, or may not have been, ready, given his managerial experince. But, I also believe, given the right circumstance, he could also steer a team with enough talent, as well as the right front office, into a period of stability and success.
Ironically, if Dodger ownership were to use some uncommon sense and lay more blame on the GM than the manager that team could be the Dodgers.

May 20, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Thank you! Under "Hot Clicks" Pavano is gone and replaced by Brandon McCarthy.... not my first choice but I can stomach that dude a lot better than seeing a broke down Pavano every day.

May 20, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Thank you! Under "Hot Clicks" Pavano is gone and replaced by Brandon McCarthy.... not my first choice but I can stomach that dude a lot better than seeing a broke down Pavano every day.

What happened to the dark haired honey with the flat tummy and the nice...tracts of land?

May 20, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Most of the time if you fire your manager during the season you usually replace him with your Triple A manager who would be Lorenzo Bundy .

May 20, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Thank you! Under "Hot Clicks" Pavano is gone and replaced by Brandon McCarthy.... not my first choice but I can stomach that dude a lot better than seeing a broke down Pavano every day.

Pavano really got hurt shovelling the money he was paid but failed to earn from the Yanks into a safe.

May 20, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Most of the time if you fire your manager during the season you usually replace him with your Triple A manager who would be Lorenzo Bundy .

Dodgers gotta bring back LaSorda for comic relief.
A team of over the hill former stars needs an over the hill former manager.

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May 20, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Most of the time if you fire your manager during the season you usually replace him with your Triple A manager who would be Lorenzo Bundy .

I don't see them spending over $200M in payroll and handing that over to a AAA manager.

May 20, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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I don't see them spending over $200M in payroll and handing that over to a AAA manager.

Nope.


Some high profile retread.

May 20, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Chronically underperforming stars? From Boston? Crawford, Gonzales, and even Punto are all hitting over .300. How is that underperforming? and how is that trade 'idiotic' since they are all performing as well or significantly better than they did in Boston? (Beckett is of course beckett, but no one expected anything else).

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May 20, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Nope. Some high profile retread.

Is Jack McKeon still alive?

May 20, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Chronically underperforming stars? From Boston? Crawford, Gonzales, and even Punto are all hitting over .300. How is that underperforming? and how is that trade 'idiotic' since they are all performing as well or significantly better than they did in Boston? (Beckett is of course beckett, but no one expected anything else).

They are not paying Agone over $20M a year to be a singles hitter. Only 4 Home Runs to date is underperforming.

May 20, 2013  09:52 AM ET

So how exactly does Mattingly getting fired fix that bullpen?

May 20, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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So how exactly does Mattingly getting fired fix that bullpen?

It momentarily satisfies the Dodger fanbase's thirst for blood. They're a bunch of savages, you know.

 
May 20, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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They are not paying Agone over $20M a year to be a singles hitter. Only 4 Home Runs to date is underperforming.

The guy looks out of shape to me. The guy comes off as being a softy in my opinion. I never got the feeling like the outcome matters to that guy.

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