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07:10 AM ET 05.23 | Don Mattingly peeled a little paint before Wednesday's game, ripping into the team that has him on unsettled ground. Either Mattingly spoke with the blessing of general manager Ned Colletti, team president Stan Kasten and the club's new ownership, or his words amounted to an angry, desperate stand from a man who knows he soon might lose his job. One rival GM said it had to be the latter, finding it difficult to believe that upper management would endorse criticism of its own strategies. "He's trying to get himself fired," the GM said upon learning of Mattingly's comments. Mattingly rarely is as candid or expansive as he was during his pregame session with reporters Wednesday. His remarks offered a glimpse of his frustration.

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May 23, 2013  07:31 AM ET

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May 23, 2013  08:09 AM ET

He just wants to sit on a porch back in Indiana with Larry Bird and John Mellencamp, drinking beers and saying "Yep".

May 23, 2013  08:21 AM ET

I don't think he likes the makeup of his own team.

May 23, 2013  08:28 AM ET

After reading the news article:
1) It is another case of Fannantion peeps creating a "sensational" headline to get our attention.
2) I've heard a lot worse from managers in the past when they leveled criticism upon their players. Hell, they should hear the truth and if it is not getting through to them behind closed doors then maybe it will publicly.
3) Mattingly's seems to be on the precipice of being gone and it wouldn't surprise me if he is pushing some buttons of his players and the front office to make push come to shove one way or the other.

May 23, 2013  08:28 AM ET

and the other thread says the GM has given him a vote of confindence.........you know what that means,start packing yer bags Don there buttering you up for the big let-down.

May 23, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think he likes the makeup of his own team.

It's a team to hate. What a relief when the Red Sox dumped those four guys on the (unsuspecting?) Dodgers. It was worth a half season of ignominy. I have really come to believe that team make-up is crucial to success and is as least as important as talent is. As Pop put it in The Natural: "Dead from the neck up" perfectly describes Gonzales, Crawford,%??<%&#?? Beckett and (who cares about?) Punto. Plus Mattingly has to deal with Greinke and Hanley. I can't blame him if he wants to get fired.

May 23, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Donnie, do yourself a favor, when you finally get your pink slip from the Doggers (sic), and, sit back quietly for the rest of the year and as much as next year as you want. Then when offers come, and I am sure some will, turn down all manager jobs and find yourself a nice little job as a hitting coach with Seattle or Houston or some such team. Stay away from the bright lights and aggravation because you are too nice a guy in my opinion. (Now, I hope I am right about assuming he is a nice guy.)

May 23, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's a team to hate. What a relief when the Red Sox dumped those four guys on the (unsuspecting?) Dodgers. It was worth a half season of ignominy. I have really come to believe that team make-up is crucial to success and is as least as important as talent is. As Pop put it in The Natural: "Dead from the neck up" perfectly describes Gonzales, Crawford,%??<%&#?? Beckett and (who cares about?) Punto. Plus Mattingly has to deal with Greinke and Hanley. I can't blame him if he wants to get fired.

Yankees are now likeable and the Doggers are now the team to hate. My, my my ... how things have suddenly toirned

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May 23, 2013  09:21 AM ET

A perfect example if it weren't for bad news then I would get no news at all and why I hate the Mets: No matter how I plan my strategy with my fantasy team when it involves the Mets I get ****.
I present for your perusal: Yesterday, I got Latos (Reds) going against the Mets. Good, right? I mean, the Mets suck right now, and, Cincy has their number lately.
Wrong! Harvey is pitching for the Mets. He's been lights out. But wait Harvey isn't his dominant self and going into thee 6th inning Cincy has the lead. And Latos has only about 82 pitches so far. Good, no?
Not really because I have noticed recently that when Latos gets over 80 pitches he tends to give up a few runs. And, sure enough he coughs up the lead and the Mets now tie the game. BUT... they only tie the game, and, Latos is no longer the pitcher of record. So, at least I get some points and no loss. But once again I have a pticher who doesn't get any "W" points, either.
Well that's that. Right?
Nooooo....... It is the Mets and they always screw me somehow. Think the Mets could at least win the game?
No way, they wind up losing, and, here is bad news, the insult to injury part, Cincy scores 3 in the top of the 9th, in comes Chapman. Pitches a scorelss 9th, (1 point for 1 inning pitched), a save (5 points) with 2 strikeouts (2 points) for a total of 8 points. And guess who my opponent has as one of his one of his relief pitchers yesterday? Righttttttttt.
Me plus 6.33 and my opponent plus 8.
**** Mets.

May 23, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

On what planet?

Looks around... notices he is in Hell, and that the last time he looked, that Hell was on planet earth, and says: "This one, kind sir."

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May 23, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

On what planet?

Obviously not that distant spheroid you exist on. Perhaps for a vacation you could visit planet Earth this summer. Do take in Disneyworld.

May 23, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

So Latos pitching like $4!t is the Mets fault

Latos pitched okay but everything else is the Mets fault but what can you expect from a bad team who can't seem to hit when it counts and have players who assume that a cue shot down the line will go foul and just lets it roll by for a double that even later scored another run in the 3 run decisive 9th.

May 23, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yankees are now likeable and the Doggers are now the team to hate. My, my my ... how things have suddenly toirned

In my book, the Dodgers have always been the team to hate...

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May 23, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yankees are now likeable and the Doggers are now the team to hate. My, my my ... how things have suddenly toirned

The Yankmee's likable.......huh.....hello.....anybody home......you are kidding right......

May 23, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

In my book, the Dodgers have always been the team to hate...

Once upon a time I used to sort of like them when they had peeps like Koufax, Junior Gilliam, Roseboro, Drysdale, Podres, etc... Except if they played the Yanks in the WS.

May 23, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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The Yankmee's likable.......huh.....hello.....anybody home......you are kidding right......

Hellooo... McFly.... Ummm... no. The Yankees were always, and, are likable in my book.

 
May 23, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Latos pitched okay but everything else is the Mets fault but what can you expect from a bad team who can't seem to hit when it counts and have players who assume that a cue shot down the line will go foul and just lets it roll by for a double that even later scored another run in the 3 run decisive 9th.

Seen Arod make he same play down the 3B line......

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