Mattingly has been openly criticized not only by members of the media including myself, and also by Dodger fans for his questionable yet risky decisions this entire season.
One of the brightest baseball minds in the game, knows talent, and grasp the game better than most.
Once said by Bill Parcells, you are what your record says you are.
A team that was once 9.5 games out of first place and 12 games under .500 in his third year as manager, he did not make a great impression on the Dodger ownership and members of the clubhouse.
Mattingly's response was always just let my guys get healthy and we'll make it referring to his players. Many of the fans and media recited in unison the famous Jay-Z line "we don't believe you...you need more people."
Well Mattingly looked like a prophet of the biggest kind, because his team became healthy and emerged from the crevices of bottom of the NL West to an impressive 42-8 over the next two months and captured the NL West title. After making some trades that bulked up their infield, and ascending past the Arizona Diamondbacks into the playoffs.
Mattingly had battled not only through his team's injuries, but termination rumors, warranted and unwarranted criticisms, and still he rises in the midst of the NLCS against the formidable opponents known as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Even though the Dodgers are on the brink of elimination trailing 3-1 in the series against the Cardinals, Mattingly still believes in his team.
"We don't have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We'll be ready to play and that's all there is to it," said Mattingly.
What was the turning point, many of us would say that fateful series against the Milwaukee Brewers. A time where Mattingly faced a serious crossroads if he didn't lead his team in the right direction.
According to reports from CBS.com the Dodgers are prepared to offer him a possible multi year deal as manager. No one from the Dodgers organization nor Mattingly has commented publicly on the report. Worst case scenario, the Dodgers would pick up his option year estimated at $1.5 million.
The Dodgers finished 92-70 during the regular season and the sky is the limit, the only person standing in the way of the Dodgers success is Mattingly himself.
Does Don Mattingly deserve to be brought back as manager? At this point yes, he defied the odds, and time will tell if he will continue to defy the odds and bring a World Series championship back to Los Angeles. Something that no manager has be able to accomplish that since Tommy Lasorda in 1988.