Dodgers Rumors: Ned Colletti On Hot Seat, Don Mattingly Safe

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Despite the experience the Los Angeles Dodgers gained last season and the improved health they had headed into the postseason, they once again were unable to get past the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Dodgers and Cardinals met in the postseason for a second straight year, however this time in the NLDS compared to in the NLCS in 2013. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported days prior to the postseason beginning, the Dodgers could be a team that makes changes in the front office and it would likely be based on how they fared in the postseason.

One day after the Dodgers were eliminated, Rosenthal reported general manager Ned Colletti may be in danger of losing his job with manager Don Mattingly on ground not quite as shaky:

While Mattingly may be in the good graces of the ownership group, Rosenthenal left open the possibility his status could change dependent on a potential new general manager being hired:

According to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon, Mattingly may return in 2015:

Colletti became the Dodgers general manager in November of 2005 and faced heavy criticism in recent years. Although there were calls for Colletti to trade for one of the multiple frontline starters available at the trade deadline, his failure to address the bullpen proved costly.

The Dodgers have made the postseason in five of Colletti’s nine years as GM, but don’t have a World Series to show for it. Adding to that frustration is the Dodgers’ $240 million payroll resulted in just one NLDS win.

As for Mattingly, he guided the team to back-to-back NL West division titles and successfully managed the large egos that encompass the clubhouse. Mattingly expressed some frustration and acknowledged there’s been difficulties that have come with dealing with the team.

Mattingly’s in-game decisions have also been a point of contention, which is an issue that dates back to last season. After being ousted by the Cardinals in 2013, the Dodgers ddin’t renew bench coach and friend of Mattingly, Trey Hillman’s contract and instead promoted Tim Wallach.

With an unreliable bullpen to work with, Mattingly’s toughest decision in the NLDS came with deciding when to stick with his starter or call on a reliever. More times than not his decision backfired, but management may take into account the few options he had.

In four seasons as Dodgers manager, Mattingly is 354-293 and has posted a winning record each year. He was at odds with the organization last season as they didn’t sign him to a contract extension; though his option vested when the team reached the NLCS.

Mattingly and the Dodgers then agreed to a three-year extension in the off-season.


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