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And Another Thing

Paul Sancya | Associated Press
Detroit Tigers baseball manager Jim Leyland announces Monday he is stepping down as manager.

Leyland, Mattingly: Tale of two managers

Nick Ut | Associated Press
Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, left, and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly speak to the media on Monday.

In Detroit yesterday, Jim Leyland, the original Tough Old Man of baseball, choked up when he announced he was stepping down as the Tigers manager, ending one of the most celebrated managing careers in history.

Meanwhile, in L.A. ...

Well, meanwhile, Don Mattingly continues to get smacked around.

He's been accorded none of the dignity which was Leyland's absolute due, and he deserves some. The man got the Dodgers to the NLCS, but the Dodgers apparently don't care. After letting him twist in the wind all season by not offering to extend his one-year deal, they're still letting Mattingly twist in the wind.

Look: No matter what general manager Ned Colletti says (and I'm amazed, frankly, that his "I have tremendous confidence and faith in this guy" line didn't draw open laughter), the Dodgers clearly don't want Mattingly as their manager. So cut him loose, already, and let him go somewhere he's wanted.

He is, after all, Donnie Baseball. As with Jim Leyland, he's earned the right to be treated with some dignity.

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