Yesterday's bright protege, today's old news. Don Mattingly came but could not quite conquer. Pushed the Dodgers to the precipice, just not over it.
It seems stunning he managed the Dodgers for five years. Five quick years, five years of watching him grow and struggle and lead the Dodgers to a record three consecutive division titles.
Five years is the longest anyone has managed the Dodgers since Tommy Lasorda resigned in 1996. Mattingly came with Joe Torre, as the manager in waiting — the unofficial next guy who took over in 2011.
He was impossible to dislike. Pleasant, friendly, a Midwest boy coming to his second big city. He was a New York Yankee, of course....