The Dodgers remain in limbo with manager Don Mattingly as his recent comments suggest that he won’t be back if management doesn’t give him a multi-year extension.
Mattingly managed this season under a one-year contract and it was revealed that the option on his contract vested after the Dodgers beat the Braves in the NLDS. News broke this morning that bench coach Trey Hillman was relieved of his duties as bench coach and it’s looking like Mattingly’s time in LA was coming to a close.
Talking to the NBCSports program SportsDash, outfielder Carl Crawford weighed in on the drama surrounding Mattingly and the Dodgers:
He’s an ex-ball player and understands the grind of a 162 game season. He’s really easy to talk to and hopefully he’ll be back next year because a lot of the guys like him. He’s a really good guy. He gives you rest when you need it. I had no problems with Donnie this year and he did a good job for us this year.
Crawford was in his first season with the Dodgers after being acquired last summer in the blockbuster deal with the Red Sox, but was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. This season, Crawford hit .283 with six home runs and 31 RBI while stealing 15 bases as he battled a hamstring injury which caused him to play just 116 games.
However, in the postseason, Crawford hit .310 with four home runs and 6 RBI as he was the Dodgers leading home run hitter with Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier battling injuries.
It’s been widely assumed that a decision about Mattingly could come down today, but it’s clear that the Dodger players really enjoyed the 2013 season under his guidance.
In case you missed it, here’s the Adrian Gonzalez “Mickey Mouse” antics from the NLCS.