It was one insane, exciting, unpredictable season for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 as they started the season buried in last place, but a 42-8 run propelled them to first place in the NL West.
Back in May and June, many Dodger fans were asking for Mattingly’s head as the Dodgers struggled to get anything going and Stan Kasten reportedly told him things needed to pick up or he’d be gone.
Through it all, Mattingly stayed true to himself and then the Dodgers turned everything around with the arrival of Yasiel Puig and health of Hanley Ramirez. Mattingly stayed consistent and was able to mesh all these egos in the clubhouse and went into the postseason as World Series favorites.
Well, his turnaround season earned him a second place finish in the NL Manager of the Year Award race, coming in behind Pirates’ Clint Hurdle. Mattingly earned 68 votes, two first place, 17 second place and and seven third place as he managed the Dodgers to a 92-70 record.
Dodgers Nation News:
Teams calling about Dodgers’ outfield group [LA Times]
Don Mattingly confirms extension talks [True Blue LA]
Dodgers hire Roy Clark to help with player development [Hardball Talk]
Dodgers’ prospect Corey Seager should be untouchable [Yahoo]
Clayton Kershaw should win Cy Young Award [Bleacher Report]
Braves plan on demolishing Turner Field in 2017 [ESPN]
Catcher Carlos Ruiz has two-year, $20M offer [SB Nation]
Mark DeRosa is retiring [Hardball Talk]
Yankees to play two spring games in Panama [MLB.com]
Yankees looking to spend big money [Yahoo]
ICYMI: The Mets could be targeting two of the Dodgers high-priced outfielders this winter.