Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly’s recent comments on the team’s play not only got the media’s attention, but perhaps the Dodgers’ as well. The Dodgers have gone 6-4 since Mattingly called out players for focusing on themselves and not the team and used an expletive to describe the Dodgers.
In an interview with Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Mattingly revisited his comments and said he doesn’t want to manipulate the media. The Dodgers manager acknowledged his comments caused a media firestorm, but said that was not his intention.
Mattingly has faced plenty of scrutiny again this season as the Dodgers have failed to meet expectations. For a team with a record payroll and championship aspirations, the pressure placed on Mattingly and the team has been unrelenting.
With the Dodgers only three games over .500 and 6.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings, the pressure likely won’t subside unless the Dodgers get going in the right direction.
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