Don Mattingly. Donnie Baseball. The first Yankee favorite that I grew up with and one of the reasons to watch Yankees baseball in the 80's and early 90's. The main reason I was insanely pissed during the 1994 Strike. Guest star on one of the greatest episodes of The Simpsons. A player who's career ended before it's time due to his constant back problems. Former co-manager of the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Joe Torre. Now the current manager of the Dodgers. I could seriously spend this entire topic just praising what Mattingly meant to me or the Yankees in general, but I think that'll do. This thread has little to do with his Yankee career and more to do with his time managing the Dodgers.
Every now and then the thought of Mattingly replacing Girardi has come up. The thought of firing Girardi comes up quite often among "rational" fans. While I think there's nothing terribly wrong with Girardi as our manager, he will not last forever. These are the New York Yankees after all. A few missed playoffs or lack of World Series victories and they will look for a change. Don Mattingly taking over is probably the most tempting and delicious choice to Yankee fans everywhere, myself included. He's Donnie Baseball!
What do we really know about Mattingly's managerial career though? My job allows me to view every team in MLB and even I don't get to watch as many Dodgers games as I would like. I like watching Dodgers games. Donnie Baseball, Matt Kemp, and Vin Scully are the primary reasons for that. Since my "Tiiiiiiiiime for Dodgers Base. Ball." is very limited, I reached out to the manager of SB Nation's Dodgers blog, True Blue LA, Eric Stephen. He was nice enough to answer some questions I had about Mattingly as the Dodgers' manager.
With pitchers, that is a hard question to answer as the Dodgers have only had one left-handed reliever for most of the season. Scott Elbert was the lone southpaw in the bullpen until trading for Randy Choate on July 25, but Elbert went on the disabled list one day later, so there haven't been opportunities for Mattingly to go full LaRussa with his bullpen management.