"All these expectations are just noise to me and noise to our club," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday, reporting day for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch Stadium. "I can't say it will be a lot different," said Mattingly, entering the third and final season of his contract. That's all good, but my job is to prepare this team to play and to cut out the noise." My job and my staff's job is to prepare the club to play the best it possibly can, and I can't worry about the noise. The job doesn't change." The weight of expectations from what likely will be baseball's highest payroll are nowhere to be found. Players wander into the Los Angeles Dodgers' spacious clubhouse all morning, exchanging handshakes and hugs, asking about health and family, smiles all around. After Frank McCourt sold the team in May, the new ownership group that includes Mark Walter, Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten whipped out the wallets, working out deals to acquire Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Brandon League.
Big expectations won't change Mattingly's approach
The new Dodgers ownership has demonstrated it will do things beyond the wildest imagination in the name of winning. But after welcoming pitchers and catchers to Spring Training on Tuesday, Don Mattingly said he's not changing his approach to managing.