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07:24 AM ET 10.23 | Bench coaches don't often make headlines, but this is different. The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired bench coach Trey Hillman, a move that could lead to further tension between the organization and manager Don Mattingly. Hillman confirmed he has been fired in a phone conversation Tuesday with ESPNLosAngeles.com, saying that he appreciated and enjoyed his time with the Dodgers and harbored no ill will toward the organization. ... Mattingly put pressure on the Dodgers' front office during a news conference Monday to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or to move on without him. Mattingly also said Monday that he hoped his entire coaching staff would return next season, suggesting that the decision to fire Hillman was made by someone else in the Dodgers' front office.

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October 23, 2013  07:44 AM ET

The end is near for Mattingly in LA.

October 23, 2013  08:03 AM ET

It would be HILARIOUS if the Dodgers fired Mattingly and didn't make the playoffs next season.
Even funnier if they brought Bobby V in to manager!
V WRAP! V WRAP! V WRAP!

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October 23, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The end is near for Mattingly in LA.

I'm thinking 3rd base coach Tim Wallach as a potential replacement.

October 23, 2013  09:09 AM ET

I don't see ths ending well for Mattingly. All the other GM's are watching him over play his hand in a very public way. Who wants to hire that problem?

October 23, 2013  09:12 AM ET

If Mattingly wants to manage with no major pressure of winning it all right away Seattle would be a good place to end up and get away from number 66.

October 23, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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I don't see ths ending well for Mattingly. All the other GM's are watching him over play his hand in a very public way. Who wants to hire that problem?

I don't he's as hot a managerial commodity as his agent thinks he is.

October 23, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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If Mattingly wants to manage with no major pressure of winning it all right away Seattle would be a good place to end up and get away from number 66.

LMFAO!!!! #66 saved Mattingly's job last season . Mattingly was on his way out the door, until #66 showed up!!

October 23, 2013  09:57 AM ET

They fire his bench coach while he is on a plane heading back home. Donnie Baseball should just be quiet, pick another bench coach they don't want, and sit back. He has money coming his way, the front office of the Dodgers are the ones that look bad in all of this as long as Donnie just smiles.

October 23, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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LMFAO!!!! #66 saved Mattingly's job last season . Mattingly was on his way out the door, until #66 showed up!!

True, but managers cannot save players, only players can save a manager. It is the GM who is getting his face saved in all of this. He is the one who offers out the contracts and agrees to trades.

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October 23, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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I don't*believe*he's as hot a managerial commodity as his agent thinks he is.

FIFM

October 23, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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True, but managers cannot save players, only players can save a manager. It is the GM who is getting his face saved in all of this. He is the one who offers out the contracts and agrees to trades.

True, good comment.

October 23, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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They fire his bench coach while he is on a plane heading back home. Donnie Baseball should just be quiet, pick another bench coach they don't want, and sit back. He has money coming his way, the front office of the Dodgers are the ones that look bad in all of this as long as Donnie just smiles.

That would be true if he was keeping his mouth shut - he's not keeping his mouth shut. He set this all in motion by attempting to negotiate a new contract in the press. That's not making him look good at all.

October 23, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Mattingly deserves another year with the Dodgers. LA rebounded from a dismal start to make it into the NLCS without two of their key players.

If LA decides to fire him, let us hope that the baseball gods reward them with a season similar to the 2013 Washington Nationals.

October 23, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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Mattingly deserves another year with the Dodgers. LA rebounded from a dismal start to make it into the NLCS without two of their key players.If LA decides to fire him, let us hope that the baseball gods reward them with a season similar to the 2013 Washington Nationals.

That's what they want to do but he wants job security with a multi year contract.

October 23, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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That would be true if he was keeping his mouth shut - he's not keeping his mouth shut. He set this all in motion by attempting to negotiate a new contract in the press. That's not making him look good at all.

I don't think he can stay quiet. Not in his DNA. Honestly, I doubt he cares if he manages them again. Or necessarily any team. Negotiating in the press? In a way. Being honest and giving some background that was true and saying what you already know to be true about lame duck status and all? nobody from the Dodgers ever said he said anything that wasn't true.

October 23, 2013  11:43 AM ET

As soon as they go into any kind of a losing streak next year he will be fired. He is not a company man. They just cannot accept the fact the Cardinals were and are a better team.

October 23, 2013  12:05 PM ET
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As soon as they go into any kind of a losing streak next year he will be fired. He is not a company man. They just cannot accept the fact the Cardinals were and are a better team.

I don't know why any company for whom public perception is critical would want a non-company man to be the face of their company management. I'm sure the Cardinals, Yankees and Red Sox would not tolerate what Mattingly just did to the Dodgers.

I don't think the Cardinals had the more talented team. They were the better team because they had better leadership from the manager and veteran players which speaks directly to the point of this battle. There's a right and a wrong way to approach issues. Mattingly doesn't seem to understand the right way.

 
October 23, 2013  12:42 PM ET

This tells you Mattingly won't be back. The Dodgers want him to turn down the one year extension that vested rather than fire him and have to pay him.

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