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Dodgers urge Don Mattingly to drop the gloves

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10:34 AM ET 05.25 | Did Don Mattingly regret how he essentially ripped Andre Ethier in Milwaukee, benching the struggling outfielder for not doing things the right way, stunning observers with his sudden toughness? What do you think? "Guys who play the game right, they don't have any problem with anything I am saying," he said. "So I can't even come close to backing off things I said the other day. I feel exactly that way." He not only didn't regret it, he called out Ethier again for saying they never discussed the benching. "I'm getting old and my memory is going, but we definitely talked," he said. There was somebody else who didn't regret Mattingly's sudden change of demeanor. In his own pregame news conference Friday, Stan Kasten had a reaction that could be summed up in one word. Finally. "I wasn't unhappy to see it it didn't bother me a bit," said Kasten. "I didn't mind that Donnie thought, 'I need to do something to light a fire.'" Consider the fire lit. Some wonder whether it was sparked by Kasten, who once worked with Bobby Cox, the manager who had the most ejections in baseball history. Others wonder whether, in a late-night meeting in Milwaukee, Mattingly was urged to drop the gloves by General Manager Ned Colletti.

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May 25, 2013  10:38 AM ET

It's probably too little too late. In any case, it's not a good sign when you have to light a fire under a bunch of guys who are getting paid handsomely and should be able to light themselves.

May 25, 2013  11:45 AM ET

Down goes Frazier!

May 25, 2013  12:52 PM ET

For Don Mattingly, "toughness" has never been the issue in his managerial capacity.

May 25, 2013  01:01 PM ET

Looks more and more like he was given the go ahead. Makes what that other GM look even more foolish now for saying Mattingly was "outta line"..... wonder if it was the GM for Houston....?

May 25, 2013  04:13 PM ET

Donnie Baseball: let the donnybrook commence.

May 25, 2013  06:25 PM ET

Leave Donny alone, he got some lessons from Billy that are pretty hard to forget!!!!

 
May 25, 2013  11:34 PM ET

With Dodgers in last place, Mattingly has nothing to lose. Do some but kicking in clubhouse, and some benching of veterans. it's about time managers hold players accountable for their production or lack of it. A couple of games on bench might get the rest of the teams attention.

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