The Los Angeles Dodgers – in this case ownership, president Stan Kasten, general manager Ned Colletti – do not want to fire Don Mattingly. They want the players – start with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, but there's a fair-sized list here – to play better. To hit. To pitch. To give a crap.
And so they wait. But not for much longer, not if a 18-25 record is any indication of what's to come for the rest of spring and then summer.
While management waits, it hears players say they respect their manager, the iconic Mattingly. It hears Kemp, for one, call him by the familiar, "Donnie B.," the "B" short for baseball. It understands the players like Mattingly.
Dodgers leaders wonder why, then, they won't win for him, too.
They wonder why the players don't spend more time with hitting coach Mark McGwire, why they don't play as hard as their opponents, why they continue to lose games in the little gray areas where good teams thrive. That is, why they don't catch the ball as well as others, why theyRead More »from Are Dodgers too soft to save Don Mattingly's job?