Mattingly’s Statements After Playoff Blowout Show Why He Must Go

After the Best Team Money Can Buy, the $240 Million per year Los Angeles Dodgers, failed to win even a National League Division Series, let alone get to and maybe win the World Series, the empty uniform non-manager don mattingly has now said, in effect, that the season cannot be seen as unsuccessful, and that he was proud of what he and the team accomplished this season. Tell that to the fans paying out big bucks to finance that payroll, and who closely followed the lack of understanding of team and baseball dynamics on mattingly’s part, and who watched his mistakes pile up, one on top of another. He has said that he feels that he will be returning next season, and that despite talk to the contrary, that General Manager Ned Colletti will also return. Don’t be so sure on either account, don.

Quote theHoundDawg:

“…the Dodgers can keep winning their division and maybe one playoff series, but they will never win a World Series with the empty uniform non-manager don mattingly.” My Picks, as the Baseball Playoffs Begin, Sep. 30, 2014

This was true two years ago when I first said it, true a few days ago when I wrote it before the playoffs began, true today, and it will be true tomorrow and forever.

I've always liked Ned Colletti. He stepped in at a real low point in the organization's history and played a major part in returning the team to a competitive position and making the games once again fun to watch. The choice of mattingly as manager I think was not his, but rather one that
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he had to live with. But, this past season’s failure of the bullpen can in large part be put on him. During a season where the Angels seemingly had every piece but one in place to field a great team, GM Jerry Dipoto went out and totally re-built the bullpen on the fly, to where it became one of baseball’s best. Colletti pretty well stood pat, instead focusing on adding starters to the waining depth of the staff. But, the bullpen he had assembled was not comprised of unknowns, wanabees and obviously over-the-hill retreads. No, he re-signed Brian Wilson coming off a brilliant late-season comeback (0.66 ERA in 18 appearances), he brought in J.P. Howell who in 2013 had an ERA of 2.03 and followed that with 2.39 for the 2014 regular season, and he added Chris Perez who had saved 100 games over the preceding three seasons. On paper, that looked like a strong and deep
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bullpen core, especially when you also had 2013 rookie lefty Paco Rodriguez and young fireballer Chris Withrow to go along with closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen had another solid season, Rodriguez battled injuries, and they lost Withrow, who has super talent and future closer written all over him, to a season-ending injury early on.

I would not fire Colletti to bring in someone with no track record. Guys with years of experience in an organization and who might have excelled in other positions do notnecessarily make great GMs. When talk of Colletti leaving first began, the first name raised as a possible successor was that of long time Dodgers’ employee Logan White, whose primary experience has been in the scouting department. But now rumors are rampant that the guy the team really wants to have replace Colletti is Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman, and that would be a major coup for the Dodgers’ organization and for the fans. Friedman has a great record of building a competitive and winning team despite severe budget restrictions. Think what a guy like him could do with a 1/4 billion dollar payroll!

If it were to happen, one can only hope that his first order of business would be to hire a real, major league-caliber manager, like he did in Tampa Bay when he hired Joe Maddon

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