Coming into the 2013 season, Don Mattingly had an inconsistent track record as manager of the Dodgers. He’d made famous blunders such as incorrectly writing down the lineup in a 2010 spring training game and inadvertently making two trips to the mound in the same inning in a matchup with the Giants.
He also has drawn the ire of fans for calling for too many sacrifice bunts, which in the grand scheme of things is kind of a minor infraction—considering he was nearly fired earlier this year.
In May of this season, Mattingly made comments disparaging the job that GM Ned Colletti had done putting together the roster. Whether or not he was correct wasn’t the question; you just tend not to get away with criticizing your boss.
But Mattingly held on, and he has turned the ship around. His adjustments have been a key part of the Dodgers’ 38-8 run over the last month and a half.