Are they the Loss Angeles Dodgers or the Lost Angeles Dodgers?
Pathetic is what they are. Lifeless, pitiful, unmotivated, morbid, dead, almost buried!
The lack of clutch hitting is a continuation of the past few years, and one of the constants is that Don Mattingly has been either in charge of the offense or the team during this time. I know that many regard him as a great hitting coach, but I really don’t see it. Never have. It’s hard for me to betray a fellow Hoosier, but it is time for Donnie to take his ballgame and go. You can’t fire the whole team so the logical choice is to fire the manager and I don’t see the team waiting. I could see it happening as soon as today.
The Lost Angeles Dodgers brass evidently didn’t have enough confidence to sing him long-term, so he’s a lame duck manager and has a short leash. Some of you are going to point to his tactical decisions to which I am going to say “HORSEBLEEP!” Leaving Josh Beckett in the game is something that a guy like Tony LaRussa might just as well have also done. Tony is unconventional and frequently second-guessed by all of the armchair quarterbacks. I have heard the rumors about Tony and I am sure he would like to manage another couple of years, but is he the answer? I have no clue.
I do know that a change is imminent and necessary. This is not a knee-jerk reaction 15 games into the season. This the culmination of watching the same stuff happen over and over again, during Don Mattingly’s stay with the Dodgers. The Dodgers have scored 38 runs this year. Thirty freakin’ eight! That’s 2.5 runs a game and only the sad sack Miami Marlins are worse, but that have an excuse - They have a $50 million dollar payroll and an idiot for an owner. The Dodgers are nearly has bad with $216 million dollar payroll. Fans will stop coming out as much… they already have (to some degree), if this keeps up. Attendance will decline if this keeps up… and it has went on way too long. This is a bottom-line business and the Captain of the ship has to walk the plank. It’s over.
Guggs and Company have to fire Mattingly today. It’s over. Name Tim Wallach the interim manager and make a decision as to the next manager on the fly, or maybe the Dodgers and Angels should switch managers – let’s see how that works. Sometimes all that is needed is change for change sakes. Maybe both teams would benefit.
UPDATE: Now it’s has been reported that the Padres President and CEO said that Greinke started the fight with Carlos Quentin by intentionally hitting him and then called him “The Rain Man.” Tom Garfinkel is officially a card-carrying moron of the idiot club. The Dodgers have officially been emasculated by not sending a message back to the Padres. Jackie Robinson Day or not, the first Padre batter should have been drilled by Capuano. If Tommy or Tony were manager, that’s what would have happened. The Dodgers act like a bunch of pussies and that is the personality of their manager as well.