Many Dodger fans have criticized Don Mattngly’s game management and certain decisions, such as bunting in situations where he should be swinging away. Donnie is a great clubhouse guy. Donnie is a very nice man, but Donnie is “Strategy Challenged.”
Right about now, Don Mattingly should be bunting, not swinging for the fences. Before the start of the season, the Dodgers were not willing to offer a long-term contract to Mattingly. Evidently, they weren’t convinced that he was “the guy” to manage the Dodgers. He came “that close” to losing his job in June before that phenomenon that is Yasiel Puig resurrected the moribund Dodgers. It wasn’t brilliant strategy that got the Dodgers to the NLCS – it was Puig, Ramirez and an abundance of talent.
Let’s consider the facts:
- The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball;
- The Dodgers arguably have the best talent in baseball;
- The Dodgers have more money than anyone in baseball;
- The Dodgers don’t have enough confidence in Donnie Ballgame to give him a multi-year deal; and
- The Dodgers have already relieved his bench coach of his duties (“Dumb and Dumber“).
If he doesn’t know when to bunt by now, he’ll never learn. The Dodgers need a better game manager. Mattingly have overplayed his hand. The decision should have already been made.
Stop all this nonsense now. Move on, Ned!
Walk the Plank, Donnie.
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