Whereas last year they began the postseason on the road, the Dodgers have home-field advantage in the NLDS this time around. By all accounts, the Dodgers to this point have a successful season. Yes, it came with bumps along the way and another deficit in the standings, but they stayed the course and repeated as National League West champions.
Despite what the Dodgers have accomplished thus far, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports a poor showing in the postseason could lead to personnel changes:
We’ve already seen the Padres and Diamondbacks dump their general managers, and the D-Backs fire their manager. Well, the movement in the NL West is almost certain to continue in Colorado, where some type of front office shakeup is expected. And it could even extend to Los Angeles, depending upon how the Dodgers play in the postseason.”
One of the clouds hanging over the franchise last season was manager Don Mattingly’s contract situation. He managed the team in 2013 in the final season of a three-year deal, however his contract vested for 2014 when the Dodgers reached the NLCS.
The perceived reluctance to extend Mattingly during the season was tied him not being a hire of the new (Guggenheim) ownership. For that matter, general manager Ned Colletti was another personnel member whom they inherited.
Eventually, Mattingly and the Dodgers came to terms on a new three-year deal that kicked in this season. While the Dodgers extended Mattingly, a change was made on the bench as Trey Hillman was not retained as bench coach.
The Dodgers began the year with expectations of reaching the World Series, but injuries and another slow start had many doubting they’d advance to the Fall Classic. Considering the Dodgers got as far as Game 6 of the NLCS in 2013, they made need to at least reach that point this year to avoid the changes Rosenthal hints at.