Don Mattingly is still not too pleased with his former team.
Here is what he told The Boston Globe about the Yankees failing to mention Joe Torre in the final-game ceremony last week: “I wasn’t there and I don’t know how it happened. But not to acknowledge Joe . . . I know they said it was an oversight. I heard somebody tell me that they only did it for the guys who played there. But you know what? He’s a big part of the history of that franchise and the fans know it. Joe’s a class act. I’m sure he’s not going to talk about it and he’s going to say, ‘Oh, I understand,’ or whatever. An oversight? Pretty big oversight.”
Interesting. Who knows whether the Yankees will need a manager any time soon. But clearly Mattingly was bothered with how the franchise treated Torre last fall and their petty snub of him last week. Nothing is official, but many believe that Mattingly is being groomed to replace Torre as the manager of the Dodgers.
Given his knowledge of the game and how he’s able to communicate and relate to people, Mattingly would probably make a good manager.
Meanwhile, here is what Mattingly had to say about Manny Ramirez: “I’ve told people, he’s the best righthanded hitter I’ve ever seen/ I haven’t seen much of (Albert) Pujols, but I’ve obviously worked with A-Rod. No disrespect to A-Rod because he works his butt off and he’s a great player, but Manny’s brought energy here. Manny works. He hits every day. He works simple, but it’s precise.”