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There is one thing most important to the manager of each baseball team, and none of them would admit to it.
The approval rating from the fans is the key to job security. How many instances can you think of in which the fans loved the manager of the team but he was still fired by the front office staff?
Mattingly has all the qualities of a successful manager. In addition to what he has going for him personally, he also has the outpouring support of the Dodger fans.
Granted, the fans were happy with Mattingly last year because the expectations were so low. The team didn't look very good on paper and the ownership was a disaster.
If you were to ask 10 Dodger fans today if they are happy with Don Mattingly, 10 would say yes (I actually conducted this very scientific poll earlier in the week).
The players like Mattingly, the fans love him, and the team is successful in large part to how he manages the team.
Joe Chacon is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can contact him on Twitter @JoeChacon.