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Don Mattingly fine for speaking mind

Dodgers manager doesn't give an inch when questioned about critical comments

Updated: May 25, 2013, 2:11 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- I had a chance to talk to Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson about six months before he died, his health declining steeply by the spring of 2010. He had a moment of clarity when I asked him about managing players, one generation to the next. He had kept in touch with Mike Scioscia, a neighbor, among other working managers.

He said he used to stand up in front of his teams every spring.

"I'd say, 'Take a good look here. There's one king in this room, and you're looking ...

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