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07:22 AM ET 10.22 | Monday may only have been the beginning of an interesting offseason in Los Angeles. [Don Mattingly] revealed for the first time the option on his contract automatically kicked in after the Dodgers beat the Braves in the first round of the playoffs. "My option vested once we beat Atlanta," Mattingly said. "That doesn't mean I'll be back." Then seemingly out of nowhere, Mattingly went on about what a difficult position the club had placed him in by not extending him going into the season. And whether now under contract for next season or not, how little interest he has in returning under another one-year deal. ... Colletti suddenly looked like he'd rather be anywhere else. Colletti hired Mattingly, but it's believed team president Stan Kasten elected to put off extending Mattingly going into the season.

Los Angeles Times

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October 22, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mattingly is an okay manager. You can get those at any time.

Brilliant.

October 22, 2013  08:25 AM ET

It's all about timing..... and his seems to have been brilliant..... (IF he's walking away).....

October 22, 2013  08:27 AM ET

....he is a tiger....4 sure...

October 22, 2013  08:42 AM ET

Let the high stakes negotiations begin!

October 22, 2013  08:43 AM ET

I wasn't impressed with him in the playoffs. I'm not sure if the Dodgers ownership was as impressed as he now thinks they are.

October 22, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Jim Riggleman syndrome.

October 22, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I wasn't impressed with him in the playoffs. I'm not sure if the Dodgers ownership was as impressed as he now thinks they are.

He didn't make an "bad" moves during the playoffs IMHO. Whether that is impressive - who knows. He went by the book from what I saw. The Cards just had better pitching execution wise, and that isn't the manager's fault. Did he leave Kershaw in a little long in the last game? Maybe, but given Wacha's performance.... not sure anything different would have mattered.

October 22, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He didn't make an "bad" moves during the playoffs IMHO. Whether that is impressive - who knows. He went by the book from what I saw. The Cards just had better pitching execution wise, and that isn't the manager's fault. Did he leave Kershaw in a little long in the last game? Maybe, but given Wacha's performance.... not sure anything different would have mattered.

I saw two mistiakes that I thought were huge. Wearing out Kershaw early when it wasn't necessary and letting Hanley decide whether or not Hanley would play. There's no doubt that Kershaw was very tired on Friday. He should not have come back on short rest in the NLDS with the Dodgers leading. That's way too early in the playoffs unless you're facing elimination. Hanley was not helping the team at all. He couldn't field the second most important position on the field which was even worse because he also couldn't hit.

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October 22, 2013  09:00 AM ET

That press conference was awesome, I thought Colletti was going to have a stroke.

October 22, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I saw two mistiakes that I thought were huge. Wearing out Kershaw early when it wasn't necessary and letting Hanley decide whether or not Hanley would play. There's no doubt that Kershaw was very tired on Friday. He should not have come back on short rest in the NLDS with the Dodgers leading. That's way too early in the playoffs unless you're facing elimination. Hanley was not helping the team at all. He couldn't field the second most important position on the field which was even worse because he also couldn't hit.

The Kershaw situation wasn't a mistake - IMHO.... he closed out the series early, and only threw 6 innings (91) pitches. And the game he pitched to the Cardinals coming back after that game was a loss on 1 Unearned run...... So I don't think that was a mistake....

And when a player says he is ready to go? That's a hard call..... of course you know he had to be hurting with a cracked rib - but during batting practice - he showed no ill effects. Again, just my opine.

October 22, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Hanley showed it was affecting him in games before game 6. He was okay the first game back, after that he was a noticable liability. This is the playoffs. Player feelings need to take a back seat. Mattingly was warned that the effects of coming back on short rest don't normally show up on the next start. It's later that fatigue sets in. Kershaw's velocity was down noticibly in game 6. That's only my opinion as well.

October 22, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Hanley showed it was affecting him in games before game 6. He was okay the first game back, after that he was a noticable liability. This is the playoffs. Player feelings need to take a back seat. Mattingly was warned that the effects of coming back on short rest don't normally show up on the next start. It's later that fatigue sets in. Kershaw's velocity was down noticibly in game 6. That's only my opinion as well.

Fair enough. I just feel the pitchers should be able to go on 3 days rest. They used to all the time. Now these guys today just can't seem to do that consistently. But I'm old school I guess. Need to "come up to the here and now"..... I guess. And he did have 4 days rest for the 2nd start in the NLCS. But doesn't matter. Done is done..... it's fun to talk about though.

October 22, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hanley showed it was affecting him in games before game 6. He was okay the first game back, after that he was a noticable liability. This is the playoffs. Player feelings need to take a back seat. Mattingly was warned that the effects of coming back on short rest don't normally show up on the next start. It's later that fatigue sets in. Kershaw's velocity was down noticibly in game 6. That's only my opinion as well.

Of course - once it was shown as cracked - maybe he should have been sat. Whether he wanted it or not. That would have been the conservative play.

October 22, 2013  09:43 AM ET

All Walt Alston had was one year deals. But times were different then. I get where Mattingly is coming from.

October 22, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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All Walt Alston had was one year deals. But times were different then. I get where Mattingly is coming from.

Agreed - seems the front office didn't really ingratiate themselves regarding confidence in him as a good manager.....

October 22, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Agreed - seems the front office didn't really ingratiate themselves regarding confidence in him as a good manager.....

Mattingly made some mistakes in the playoffs, but managed to keep a team that was sub .500 and banged up playing hard until they started winning. Thing is, who else would the Dodgers bring in? And where is Mattingly going to get a better situation?

October 22, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Mattingly made some mistakes in the playoffs, but managed to keep a team that was sub .500 and banged up playing hard until they started winning. Thing is, who else would the Dodgers bring in? And where is Mattingly going to get a better situation?

Maybe he's ready to walk away. This season has been hell on him.....

 
October 22, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Let's roll this pig - just because.

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