Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 137 – Mattingly out, replacements, Cotton

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue — note the new website) and I talk, mostly, about the unfortunate, yet expected, Don Mattingly dismissal.

We are/were both Mattingly supporters, yet we both understand why this went down the way it did. Donnie Baseball should have no trouble getting another gig elsewhere (I’m looking at you, Miami).

Replacements for Mattingly to head the Dodgers are plentiful, but it really comes down to three guys: Manny Acta, Gabe Kapler and Dave Martinez. I’m partial to Martinez, while Jared likes Kapler a bit more. If any of these guys land the job, I wouldn’t be upset.

Jharel Cotton followed up a poor Arizona Fall League debut with a sparkling 3-inning, 3-hit, 0-run, 6-strikeout outing. He’s going to be a nice boost to the Dodgers at some point in 2016.

As usual, we close with a Q&A and chime in with our World Series predictions at the end. Please keep the questions coming.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.