It felt touch-and-go there for awhile.
The uncertainty of ownership left many Dodger fans contemplating what the future would hold for manager Don Mattingly. Now, with the group faced by Magic Johnson taking over the team, Mattingly should be able to rest assured his job is safe.
Now, of course the term "safe" when referring to any type of management job in baseball is a subjective one, but Mattingly appears to have a "clean slate" so to speak.
For the first time in his tenure managing the Dodgers, Mattingly will have an ownership group that can actually help facilitate solid baseball moves to help the team out.
Sure, like with every other team in baseball, the boys in blue have some pressing concerns that they need to address.
Now, they can do so while standing on a sure-footed foundation.
Stability is something that cannot be underrated, especially when it comes to baseball clubs.
In his first season as the manager, Mattingly led the Dodgers to a 82-79 record in 2011. That brought the team a third-place finish in the NL West. Not bad considering the Joe Torre-led Dodgers in 2010 went 80-82 with a fourth-place finish.
Mattingly can only improve in 2012. While serving under Torre he certainly learned a lot about managing people and now, with a solid team and proper support, he should be able to put his knowledge out in front without fearing for his job.
If anyone knows the right and wrong way to let a leader of men do his job, it is Magic Johnson.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. For the Dodgers, that no longer should be an issue.
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