Don Mattingly is an overall, all-around great guy. Like so many people in baseball, and baseball around the entire world, Mattingly cares deeply about his players, his team and his community within the entire organization. He knows that for all intensive purposes, he is the face of the on-field production.
This has been an extremely difficult season for the Dodgers, and this year has definitely contributed to many of Mattingly’s gray hairs. Mattingly has suffered through tumultuous times in his first year as a major league manager, and nothing Joe Torre could have taught him could have properly prepared him for this long year.
Mattingly should return next year. He has shown a dedication to this organization and a passion for making his new crop of Dodgers the best players possible. However, with the unknown that is the ownership situation, who really knows what will happen next?
If anything, Don Mattingly can refer to this list to reflect on these seven lessons he has learned through the first five months of the 2011 season.