Don Mattingly on A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal and personal catchers.

Yasmani Grandal

Switch-hitting Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has a 105 OPS-plus in his career batting right-handed and an 88 OPS-plus batting left-handed. (Getty Images)

Don Mattingly addressed the media yesterday for the first time since the Winter Meetings. I posted a bunch of videos from his interviews here. My story about the impending center-field competition is here.

Mattingly addressed a number of topics after my video recorder ran out of memory, or unfit for print. One was the catcher position.
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Former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Hall of Fame called for former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez on Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was listed on 91.1 percent of ballots, second only to Randy Johnson. Two others were elected, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. It’s the first time three pitchers have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for induction.

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Ten Hall of Fame questions with IBWAA founder Howard Cole.

Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez is on both the BBWAA and IBWAA Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. (Getty Images)

Tomorrow is the big day for the Hall of Fame class of 2015, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its election results at 11 a.m. on MLB Network.

A candidate must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction, as usual. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines are the most prominent names in the spotlight this year. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the final time as a player. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, remarkably, might be on the ballot for the final time as well if he isn’t named on 5 percent of the ballots.

The website BaseballThinkFactory.com is tabulating the results of BBWAA votes as they are made public on the internet. Not all votes will be made public on the internet.

I did not receive a BBWAA ballot, since I don’t have the necessary 10 years’ experience required to vote in the Hall of Fame election.

I did, however, cast a ballot in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame election. Those results will also be announced tomorrow. The IBWAA, founded in 2009, has several members (like myself) who belong to the BBWAA as well. A few even cast ballots in both Hall of Fame elections.

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Cute baby picture alert: Don Mattingly welcomes fourth son into the world.

Louis Riley Mattingly and Vin Scully will have something to talk about someday … when Louis can talk.

On Saturday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his wife Lori welcomed Louis into the world. Saturday was Scully’s 87th birthday.

Mattingly has four children, all sons. Louis Riley is eligible to be drafted in 2032. Logan White is already keeping an eye out.

If the Dodgers hire Joe Maddon, they can expect a call from the commissioner.

Mark Topkin, the Tampa Bay Times’ beat writer, has the story on the stunning departure of Joe Maddon today. Read it for yourself, but the possibility of Maddon managing the Dodgers only seems stronger by the end of the piece.

As we noted earlier, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Don Mattingly “will be our manager next season.” It was a statement Friedman had to make, if only to put Matingly at ease. But if Mattingly had a short leash for failure before Maddon opted out of his contract, where does that leave him now?

Moreover, what if something changes? Say Friedman (and/or the new general manager, whoever he is) decides he wants to fire Mattingly and hire Maddon. Can they possibly do so without giving the appearance of impropriety?

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Joe Maddon is a free agent, but Andrew Friedman backs Don Mattingly (again).

Joe Maddon

Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon worked with current Dodgers executives Andrew Friedman (left) and Gerry Hunsicker (center) in Tampa Bay. (Associated Press photo)

Joe Maddon unexpectedly opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday morning, raising speculation that new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman would hire his former manager to replace Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.

Not so, says Friedman.

“As I said last week, Joe and I enjoyed a tremendous relationship working together in Tampa Bay and I wish him nothing but the best wherever his next stop will be,” Friedman said in a statement released by the team. “However, nothing has changed on our end. Don Mattingly will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come.”
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Don Mattingly on Ned Colletti, his coaching staff, Hanley Ramirez, etc.

Don Mattingly

The Dodgers will finalize their 2015 coaching staff in the coming days and weeks. (Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly addressed a number of topics in his season-ending media session Thursday. The big takeaway, as I explained in today’s editions: If the Dodgers didn’t beat themselves, and the manager only would’ve done one thing differently, then whoever assembled the team is primarily accountable for an early playoff exit.

That’s the manager’s opinion, and Don Mattingly doesn’t have the power to fire Ned Colletti.

But he did address Colletti’s status directly, and a few other things I wasn’t able to expand on in that piece:
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Why Justin Turner started over Dee Gordon.

Justin Turner

Justin Turner (left) was given the start at second base Friday over Dee Gordon (right). (Associated Press photo)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Dee Gordon didn’t look like himself walking around the visitors’ clubhouse Friday. His head was mostly down, the hood on his sweatshirt mostly up.

Gordon wasn’t in the starting lineup for Friday’s game against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, which prompted a question about whether or not the Dodgers’ second baseman was healthy or not.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Gordon is fine health-wise; that’s not the problem.

“He was mad,” Mattingly said.

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MLB clarifies rule 7.13, and Don Mattingly appreciates it.

MLB executive and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre sent an email Tuesday clarifying how Rule 7.13 (restricting catchers from blocking home plate) would be applied.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been an outspoken advocate for clarifying the controversial rule. Here’s what he had to say about the email today: