Managerial Notes: Mattingly, Nationals, Roenicke

Here's the latest on a few managers on the hot seat after their clubs have gotten off to disappointing starts in 2013…

  • Don Mattingly isn't in "imminent danger" of being fired as Dodgers manager, ESPN's Buster Olney and Jayson Stark report.  GM Ned Colletti met with Mattingly and the coaching staff after Tuesday's game and a source believes “the air was cleared and a new direction was given.”  Colletti wasn't behind Mattingly's criticisms of the team, though sources say the GM did encourage Mattingly's choice to be more assertive.
  • Dodgers president Stan Kasten was also not offended by Mattingly's comments, telling FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the skipper was trying to motivate the club.  “I know what Don is trying to do, what his intention is.  It’s to light a fire, kick-start the team. He’s trying everything he can think of. We’re all behind him," Kasten said.
  • If this is Mattingly's last season in Los Angeles, some predict he could find a new job managing the Nationals next year, CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports.  The Nats previously considered Mattingly for a managerial opening (though he wasn't interviewed) and the team is believed to "strongly favor hiring a high-profile manager" to replace the retiring Davey Johnson rather than promote an internal option.
  • Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is "not the issue" with the team's problems, owner Mark Attanasio tells CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.  An anonymous scout recently criticized the Brewers for lacking in effort but Attanasio disagrees: "The guys may be a little down. But I saw them before (Wednesday's game), and there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm. That was a very spirited dugout.  One thing I like about Ron Roenicke, the players play hard for him."  Attanasio chalked his team's woes up to "streakiness," a lack of situational hitting and struggling starting pitching.

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