Despite a huge payroll, the Dodgers opened the season 30-42 and rumors circulated that Mattingly would be fired any day. The team has lost an additional eight games since then, and now the dreaded “vote of confidence” has been issued.
“I just have to take it at face value,” said Mattingly. “If they say I have their support, I have to just trust in that and do my job today and not worry about tomorrow. There’s always a risk of getting fired. That’s the nature of this business.”
Despite the continued rumblings about Mattingly’s future, Dodgers players say they support their manager.
“Our failings are because we, the players are failing to execute. It’s not on him,” said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. “For example, our most recent loss? I think it was two or three weeks ago? Yeah. Well, that wasn’t Don’s fault. I forget exactly what happened because it was a pretty long time ago, but I know it wasn’t Don’s fault. He shouldn’t lose his job because of us.”