By criticizing some Dodger players the past few days, Don Mattingly has all but admitted that he has lost this team. He is frustrated as we all are and wants the team to fight, not just play. That sums up what is wrong with the Dodgers more than anything else. Donnie said what he said for the right reasons – they were just the wrong things to say. You keep that stuff in the clubhouse. End of story.
There is little doubt that the Dodgers regret signing Andre Ethier to a long-term deal and there is no doubt that they will have to munch a lot of it in order to move him. Donnie threw Ethier, Dee Gordon and Kenley Jansen under the bus (right reason – wrong thing) and did the same to Ned in questioning some of the teams moves (right reason – wrong thing) . He may have had the right reasons for everything, but he just did (said) the wrong thing.
He acts like a wounded animal backed into the corner. I get it. I really do. Don Mattingly is a good dude… fighting for his managerial life. It’s just not meant to be – the Dodgers and Mattingly. It’s time to move on. How many players have under-performed under Mattingly? Was he part of the problem with James Loney’s problems? You know, the guy who is hitting over .350 in the AL!
I will be shocked if Mattingly is the manager on Friday and amazed if Ethier is on the team in two weeks. Ned needs to be fired too, but I doubt that it will happen now. Someone needs to get control of this team, like now. The manager needs to be someone who can command respect. I like Jody Reed, but I think he will have to earn that respect. There’s no time. Tony LaRussa is the man to take the clubhouse back.
He will have to pick his coaches – he will want some of them, but some will go. Everything is on the table now. Who will the Dodgers get for Ethier and the tens of millions they have to throw in? Will they call up Puig and/or Pederson? Will they demote Gordon and Cruz? This should be interesting….
Parting Shot: It was nice to get a win, even if it was against a bad team, but don’t get all excited. The Dodgers only had three extra base hits. That remains a problem. A rookie had two…