When Dodgers manager Don Mattingly abruptly criticized the lack of fight and competitiveness on his team's "All-Star" roster Wednesday morning, he wasn't aiming that critique at the front office, despite widespread assumptions to the contrary, sources say.
In fact, the manager and general manager Ned Colletti were in agreement on those sentiments, sources told ESPN. And multiple sources say Mattingly is in no imminent danger of being fired.
Mattingly's harsh words for his players, along with the benching of struggling right fielder Andre Ethier, came just hours after a late-night meeting Tuesday with Colletti and his coaching staff. The meeting, following a 5-2 loss in Milwaukee that was their 12th in 17 games, was held in the clubhouse and lasted until after 1 a.m., even though the team had a noon game the next day.
That meeting was not an outgrowth of a divide between Mattingly and his front office, sources said. And what came out of it was described as being something that everyone involved viewed as very positive.