Unlike his predecessor, Mattingly is saying all the right things when they need to be said. He started Spring Training with the announcement that Clayton Kershaw will be the opening day starter (not that Torre wouldn't have, but having Jon Garland on the roster would have made the decision difficult), he's given straight answers to reporters' questions (very anti-Ned), and he hasn't named Eugenio Velez as his cleanup hitter (yet). Donnie has surrounded himself with some good Dodger names on his coaching staff (Hansen, Wallach, and Lopes), as well as put his focus on getting the guys as ready as they can fundamentally. As you likely remember, the team was painfully sloppy last year and Torre sat on his hands all summer to watch.
So... so far, so good, Donnie. Let's just remember how many mound visits we get per inning.
"I know everybody talks about [James Loney's] power, but he has been right around 90 RBI every year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Last year, he was on pace to drive in 115-120. He had 63 at the break, and it just went bad. Nobody would even be talking about home runs if he had driven in 115 runs. ... I think this guy has it in him, I really do.
Oh for Christ's sake, Don.
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