LOS ANGELES Its not a problem for me at all, Dodger manager Don Mattingly replied when asked about the fact that team management has decided for now not to give him a contract extension heading into the 2013 season. This is the final year of the deal he signed to replace Joe Torre after the legendary manager retired in 2010.
On Monday against the World Champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, Donnie Baseball will begin his third season at the helm of the Dodger franchise, with expectations at an all-time high for the storied franchise. Yet their leader has been put in a very tenuous position.
The owners Guggenheim Baseball Partners invested 2.15 billion to purchase the team from Frank McCourt, and payroll going into the season will be a franchise-record of over 200 million dollars. Anything less than a playoff appearance will be considered a monumental flop.
Under these circumstances, most teams would prefer not to have their manager in a lame duck situation that can...