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#Dodgers mgr Don Mattingly might have been a lot closer to being fired than anyone realized at the time. Mattingly
said today that Dodgers CEO/president Stan Kasten came to him "around" the time of the Dodgers' series in Milwaukee in late May -- when speculation about Mattingly's job security was at its height.
"Stan said, 'I don't want to do something but if things keep going like this I'm going to have to,'" Mattingly said today. "I understand. You can't just let things keep going. Sometimes you need to change the voice."
Mattingly said he did not view it as a threat to his job.
"No, not really," he said. "I totally understand. I didn't mind (him saying) it. It was just honest.
"I think you just understand baseball and what happens sometimes."
Publicly at the time, Kasten said, "I do expect us to turn it around, and because of that, I expect Donnie to be here for a long time. ... There's another side of that, if things don't go well."