So, yesterday Don Mattingly says that he won’t return as a lame duck manager – that he wants a longer-term deal. The Dodgers fired back by firing Trey Hillman, Mattingly’s bench coach and close friend. No matter if Mattingly returns or not, the IQ of the dugout is bound to increase.
The Dodgers also dismissed advance scout Wade Taylor (Mattingly’s friend – detect a trend?), and athletic trainer Sue Falsone resigned. Who saw that coming? The Dodgers have been lacking in the advance scouting department since Mel Didier.
This doesn’t mean that Mattingly is safe. In fact, I lean toward the side that says he will go, but maybe he can survive, even flourish, if he has a smart bench coach? Tim Wallach? Maybe, but Donnie may not like that. Jody Reed? Yeah, I like that. Orel Hershiser? Can’t afford him (OK they can, but they won’t). OK, I’ve got it – Hiram Bocachica! Just Kidding! I have no clue.
Well, Matt Kemp ain’t going anywhere, physically or otherwise. The Dodgers will be lucky to have him to start the season, so Ethier will get moved for prospects (which is cool) and I hope Choo is signed.
Stay tuned. The Thlot Plickens!
What do I think about the signing of Alexander Guerrero? I have no clue. The Dodgers should have a clue. Other scouts say he’s not all that. Who knows – we’ll find out. I will predict one thing: If he hits .515 in Spring Training, he’ll break with the team!