Dilbeck weighed in on the "scandal" a couple hours ago and while he does have some good points, his overall theme, which is outlined in the title - "Not time for Dodgers to have knee-jerk reaction on Don Mattingly".
This is not a new sentiment, just the momentum is. Personally, the devil on my shoulder started bringing this up last summer. After a painful month, it was getting hard to watch. But we all said the same thing "Not yet, let's give him the chance to bounce out of it". Compared to that streak of torment, he most definitely pulled it off. But compared to the season as a whole, he only slowed the bleeding. Then came the blockbuster trade, which was supposed to be the prosthetic for the gaping hole in our confidence. Which again, was better than the previous month or so, but not enough.
It's hard to say what would/could have happened last year. Did we come back just a day late and a game short? Was the damage already done and we just wanted to go out with a bang? Or was the opposite true? Was the beginning of the season the anomaly, and the middle to end the reality we had been shielding ourselves from? I was willing to wait for this season to find out. And personally gave no weight to the hype about our nose bleed salary equating to a us crashing the October party, as SI claimed. But I'm pretty sure the vast majority of Dodger fans, regardless of their level of confidence, felt the same.
Cut to Spring Training, and things are mediocre at best. No worries though, it's Spring Training, everyone knows you can't really project much from it. Hell, the Mariners were in 1st place overall at one point. But it didn't help repair the hurt from last season. So needless to day, my season started out with bloody stubs where my finger nails were supposed to be, and a well worn track in my carpet from pacing. Sadly, I'm not even nervous anymore. Slightly jaded, partly hurt, with a side of amusement, is probably the best way to summarize it.
I don't know whether or not Mattingly *should* be fired. I don't know that it will really help. I know personally I struggle to think of a time a mid-season management change made the team do a complete 180. Which to a lot of us would be the only thing that we would consider to be "Mission Accomplished". Kasten has just as much responsibility (and it baffles me that is just a footnote in the discussion, when it's even brought up) the players definitely take a lot of the blame. But so does Mattingly. And he's the monkey in the middle. And has been for some time. So, defend him, vilify him, decide to make biased Op Eds based on a few games you've watched. All of these I could care less about. But don't call it a knee-jerk reaction. Right or wrong, the sentiment has been brewing for some time.