Don Mattingly's team hadn't even hit the showers after the Dodgers were ousted by the Mets in the NLDS Thursday night when the manager was asked about his future in Los Angeles — a question which has been the subject of intense speculation on and off this season.
“Seriously, you’re asking me that now?” said Mattingly who declined any additional comment on his status under first-year president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
Mattingly, who is the first Dodgers manager to win three straight division titles and handled a lot of team issues and injuries all season, still has to wonder if the success of 162 games was enough to save his job.
“When you’re playing, we all expect to be back. … Donnie he expects to be back and every one here thinks he’ll be back managing this club,” said outfielder Andre Ethier who was involved in a dugout confrontation with the manager in the middle of the game.
Still, some wondered if the question was maybe just a little too soon.
Whoever asked Don Mattingly about his job security for next year in the post game presser should have his credentials permanently revoked.— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) October 16, 2015
Mattingly has proven to be an excellent manager of players and a decent in-game manager. But the Dodgers' expectations once again ended short of a World Series and it has been that way since 1988.
And although Mattingly and Ethier both downplayed Thursday night's dugout clash, with the manager calling it "nothing between us," one has to wonder if that scene is just a prelude to Donnie Baseball's departure.
Trouble in the @Dodgers dugout? See Andre Eithier flip out on his own team. http://t.co/YG7aiDi5lV https://t.co/g5e7jsAtmw— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 16, 2015
While no Dodgers official has publicly spoken about the situation, the word around LA has been World Series or nothing.
And nothing it is.
And nothing it is.