Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said today that he didn’t want to get into specifics about the decision to part ways with Don Mattingly. You can hear that at the 1:22 mark of this video courtesy of SportsNet LA, then over and over again, about 40 different ways, over the final 36-plus minutes:
There are some useful nuggets of information in there, but there are also a lot of non-useful questions and answers to filter through. I’ll distill it into a story shortly.
Don Mattingly will not be the Dodgers’ manager in 2016. (Associated Press photo)
Don Mattingly will not return as the Dodgers’ manager in 2016 after he and the team mutually agreed to part ways Thursday.
Mattingly had one year remaining on his contract.
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The Dodgers have many bigger decisions looming, writes Vincent Bonsignore.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put through the wringer on a multitude of subjects, including Yasiel Puig’s return, Scott Van Slyke’s injury, Jose Peraza’s injury, Zack Greinke’s ERA title chase and Clayton Kershaw’s quest for 300 strikeouts.
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Chris Heisey/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
Chris Heisey was in the dugout Thursday afternoon when Clayton Kershaw engaged manager Don Mattingly in an animated discussion after Mattingly informed Kershaw he was coming out for a pinch-hitter leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.
Heisey hit a grand slam to cap off the six-run fifth, giving the Dodgers a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL West to least four pending the outcome of the night game between the second-place Giants and San Diego Padres.
Heisey listened in on the conversation between Kershaw and Mattingly. He loved it.
“I was intent on listening to what he (Kershaw) had to say,” Heisey said. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball and I love the fact that he didn’t want to come out of the game and I also respect the coaches for making the decision to get him out of there. We were down 3-0 and you get to save his arm a little bit. But you can’t ever argue with the competitive spirit he has. You want to play behind the guy and play with a guy that cares to be in a game.”
By the way, thanks to Heisey, Kershaw earned his 15th win.