June 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon (9) is congratulated by manager Don Mattingly (8) after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
2. Do you think Mattingly will help or hurt Dee Gordon in 2016? He managed Gordon when both were with the Dodgers.
Ehsan Kassim: Mattingly is known as a players manager and there is no reported feud between him and Mattingly during their time in L.A. I don’t think Mattingly will have much, if any, of an effect on Dee Gordon’s game. In fact, if he and Mattingly have a good relationship, it may even help the team’s chances of re-signing him this off-season.
Daniel Zylberkan: It honestly it doesn’t really matter. Dee Gordon at this point has found the way he can be most successful as a hitter which is hitting the ball on the ground and being highly BABIP dependent. So he’s due for a regression, no matter who his manager is.
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Micheal Sonbeek: I’m not sure what it will do. I don’t think Don has had impact on the way he played in LA.
Sean Millerick: No effect at the plate, but I do think the stolen bases drop. The Marlins gave him much more of a green light than Mattingly allowed him during their time with the Dodgers. I’d be very surprised if he steals significantly more than 40 bags in 2016.
Mark Laming: I don’t think it will do much either way. I think Dee’s production is going to even out eventually between the mediocre numbers he put up in LA and the ones he put up this year in Miami. I don’t think Mattingly will do anything for him, positive or negative.
Christian La Fontaine: Won’t hurt or help at the plate, Gordon is what he is there, he can’t change no matter how much he probably should. When it comes to stealing the total will drop as Sean said due to a tighter leash, but since Dee was successful on only 74% of his attempts last year a more discerning approach might actually help him.
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