Under normal circumstances, Don Mattingly probably would have been dismissed after the 2012 season. The new ownership group came in and would presumably like to hire its own management.
However, General Manager Ned Colletti was signed to a long-term extension, paving the way for Mattingly to stick around.
Mattingly is entering his third season as the Dodgers' manager and, no matter how much upper management and ownership like him, it's a make-or-break season for him.
Mattingly owns a 168-155 (.520 winning percentage) record in his first two seasons -- both of which ended without a playoff berth. With the insane amount of money ownership is committing not just to payroll, but to the stadium itself, it expects to win.
The Dodgers may not have the best 25-man roster in the game, but it is infinitely better than it was just one year ago. The additions of Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke have made this team instant contenders. With that added pressure, som...