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Dodgers official: 'No plans' to fire Don Mattingly

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Don Mattingly's job appears to be safe … for the moment.
Don Mattingly's job appears to be safe … for the moment. (USATSI)

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The Dodgers have no immediate plans to fire manager Don Mattingly, a club official tells Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Mattingly's Dodgers, despite high expectations and an even higher payroll, are in last place in the NL West and were recently swept by the Braves in Atlanta. Among NL teams, only the Marlins have a worse run differential, and the Dodgers are currently on pace for their most losses since the 1992 team went 63-99.

Even so, Shaikin's source says Mattingly will not be let go on Thursday when the team returns to Los Angeles from its current road trip. Needless to say, though, Mattingly has no guarantees beyond that point.

The Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine for a three-game set against the Cardinals and then a pair of two-game home-and-home series with the rival Angels. Those games might determine Mattingly's near-term fate.

One thing is certain, though: If Mattingly is fired, then GM Ned Colletti, author of so many awful decisions over the years, should precede him out the door.

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