Don Mattingly For Joe Torre? Is This The Best Trade The Dodgers Can Make?

Richard LeivenbergContributor IIISeptember 17, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  (FILE) Manager Joe Torre (L) and hitting coach Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers have a laugh before their game against the New York Mets on April 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. According to reports on Septemeber 17, 2010, Mattingly will replace Joe Torre as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the season.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Dodgers need pitching, hitting, a great closer, a first baseman who can hit for power and the same at third, and probably a new center fielder and what do they end up with? 

A new manager who has never managed before.

I love Don Mattingly as a player. With that steady career batting average of .307, nine gold gloves, an MVP Award and some batting titles - but can he transpose his personal winning attitude and baseball acumen to his team?

It is kind of scary if you are a Dodger fan.  Just this week he said he had no idea why the Dodgers were hitting so poorly. This from the Dodgers hitting coach.

In his one stint as manager a month or so ago when Torre was tossed from the game, he made a really stupid mistake when he went to the mound twice in the same trip.  Donnie Baseball either forgot or didn't know the rule.  Either way, I am glad he's gotten that one out of the way.

Listen, Mattingly may have learned a lot while working at the feet of one of the great managers of our time but it appears like a shot in the dark.  I know Joe Torre and you are no Joe Torre.

The Dodgers are a mess as everyone knows what with the owners' divorce proceedings which led to a slashed budget which led to no buying power in the off-season which led to a weakened squad that included a 5th starter with zero big league experience which led to no true back-ups for the weary and the wounded which led to an almost last place finish. 

They need a miracle worker not a newbie manager who will be learning on the job.

I wish him well and hope he can pull this one out as easily as he could snare an errant throw in the dirt.