Shocker: The Los Angeles Dodgers are disintegrating into a dysfunctional mess.
Manager Don Mattingly benched right fielder Andre Ethier, lashed out at his players' lack of mental toughness and questioned upper management's roster construction in comments to reporters before Wednesday's game in Milwaukee.
Either Mattingly spoke with the blessing of general manager Ned Colletti, team president Stan Kasten and the club's new ownership, or his words amounted to an angry, desperate stand from a man who knows he soon might lose his job.
One rival GM said it had to be the latter, finding it difficult to believe that upper management would endorse criticism of its own strategies.
"He's trying to get himself fired," the GM said upon learning of Mattingly's comments.
Mattingly rarely is as candid or expansive as he was during his pregame session with reporters Wednesday. His remarks offered a glimpse of his frustration with a team that is failing to meet high expectations.
Still, even i...