Don Mattingly doesn't have a contract to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers next year. He should. But he's too classy to complain.
"I'm totally comfortable right now with everything," Mattingly told me Tuesday before his team beat the archrival Giants, 2-1, at AT&T Park. "We've been through a lot this year. I'm just going to do my job. If at the end they don't like it, they'll do what they want, anyway. So why worry about it, you know?"
Mattingly's statement was calm, reasonable and even philosophical - much like the man himself. Mattingly always has been comfortable in his own skin. That's especially the case now that the Dodgers have clinched their first National League West title during his three seasons in charge.
Mattingly said he's received encouragement from Dodgers officials. He praised club president Stan Kasten for being "upfront and honest." Ownership has been "great." But the sides aren't currently negotiating a contract extension, Mattingly said. And he's fine with t...