Ned Colletti Says The Players Are The Problem, Not Don Mattingly

Colletti: Players are the problem, not Mattingly

5/21/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (right) congratulates right fielder Andre Ethier (16) after his solo home run in the 4th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsFrom the sound of Ned Colletti, Don Mattingly will live to see another week as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager.

Colletti traveled with the team to Milwaukee, which is unusual,  and gave his thoughts on how Mattingly will fare. He said:

"Are we concerned? Yeah. Disappointed? Yeah. We're one-quarter of the way through. [But Mattingly] has done fine. He's kept it steady. The players still have to play. It's a danger sign if people stop playing hard. Sometimes I see them play too hard. You have to look at the performance on the field. Are they driving in runners in scoring position? Are they scoring enough? Are they playing good-enough defense? The easy way out is to look at one person."

He then went on to express how disappointed they are in the players, stating:

"If you sat down at the outset of the season and wrote what we'd expect from each of them -- not career years, just from their track record -- you'd say we'd score a lot of runs. It's more on the players than anybody."

Mattingly is feeling the love from the suits too. He explained:

"Any sleeplessness I've had is about our team, not about me. To me it's a daily process, just the grind of the team and how we get better. Do we do things differently or persevere and stay the course? I'm confident in the people we have here. Nothing's different today than any other day. As for the rumors, I talked to Stan [Kasten, club president] the other day and he didn't fire me. Ned didn't say I won't be here... If the guys quit on you and don't play, you should be gone. You lose the clubhouse or they're not playing hard for you, that's it."

There's a lot of truth to this. Mattingly can't keep his guys from getting hurt, and he can't swing a bat for them. The thing that could cost Donnie Baseball his job though, is if the fans get restless and ownership feels pressured to do something about it.

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