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Dodgers fire Don Mattingly as manager

Don Mattingly was not really the reason the Dodgers did not make a World Series but somebody has to take the blame and ultimately he was an easy target.

Don Mattingly was not really the reason the Dodgers did not make a World Series but somebody has to take the blame and ultimately he was an easy target.

The terribly put together bullpen and weak back end of the rotation were far more reasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers struggles in the postseason than Don Mattingly was but at the same time it is very hard to find a reason Mattingly should have stuck around with the club, especially with the team’s the inability to win in the playoffs with a $315 million payroll.

After a loss to the New York Mets in the NLDS, the Dodgers and Mattingly mutually agreed to part ways. The National League West championships just were not enough. In five years, Mattingly went 446-363 (.551) with the Dodgers and won the division three-straight times for the first time in franchise history.

Mattingly should have no problem getting another job. The Nationals, Mariners, Padres and Marlins all have managing vacancies and will be lining up for him.

Meanwhile, the flaws with the Dodgers are very clear. Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are both elite pitchers in Major League Baseball but the other three starters were simple plug-and-pitch guys. Greinke has also opted out of his deal and unless the Dodgers are willing to give out another $200 million contract, they will be down a true Ace. The team must improve their bullpen, which has no reliable pitchers who can shut down a game and they once again need to find and infielder and figure out what to do with their crowded outfield.

Certainly, it is not the worst situation in the world, but it was not a team set up to make the World Series no matter what their payroll said and Mattingly was the one who had to take the blame for it.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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