Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mattingly compares Dodgers to ’72 Athletics

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly compared his first-place club to the 1972 Oakland Athletics, and not just because of their play on the field.

Those A’s, World Series champions for three straight seasons, held a reputation as having a disjointed clubhouse.

The comment by Mattingly came after an 11-3 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies Monday night, in which outfielder Matt Kemp was seen chastising Yasiel Puig as they walked through the dugout. Mattingly said it was, “family business.”

"Just talking in the dugout, same old things," Mattingly said via MLB.com. "We're like the A's. The '72 A's."

It did not seem like Puig, who has been chided in the dugout by others in the past for on the field issues, had done anything on the field to ignite the conversation.

Kemp didn’t want to talk about it much after the game.

"It's a good game we played today, huh?," Kemp said with a grin. "Go Dodgers."

It’s always interesting to me that teams can play well on the field and not get along in the clubhouse. It really removes some of the assumptions that team chemistry is such an important thing.

If a club is as talented as the Dodgers, and they can maintain a high level of play on the field, does it matter that Kemp might have personal issues with Puig?

What the Dodgers do on the field is what matters right now. Holding a four-game lead over the San Francisco Giants and winners of eight out of their last 10 games, indicates they are doing just fine in that department.

If the Dodgers are hoisting the World Series trophy in October, I guarantee Kemp and Puig will hug it out.

Logo courtesy of SportsLogos.net.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.



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