Just two days ago, I wrote on Yahoo! Sports that Don Mattingly shouldn't yet be fired. Today, I may have changed my tune.
Just in front of Wednesday's matinee series finale with the Brewers, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register brought us these comments from the soon-to-be-former Dodger manager.
"Must-read strong comments from #Dodgers mgr Don Mattingly pregame seemed to point finger at not only lack of "mental toughness" from his players but also at poor construction of the team. We gotta find a team with talent that will fight and compete like a
club that doesn't have that talent,' he said, pointing to last year's
team which led the NL West by 5 1/2 games at the end of May despite a
far less-talented lineup.
I felt we got more out of our ability
(last year). I don't know about being tougher but I felt we got more out
of our ability.
There has to be a mixture of competitiveness.
It's not 'Let's put an All-Star team together and the All-Star team