YES interviewed Don Mattingly after the game, and in a display of pure vapidness, he said nothing. It’s not that we don’t love Donnie Baseball (even as a Sox fan, it was hard not to like him), but if he communicates with the players the same way he does with Suzyn Waldman, then I don’t see the players coming around anytime soon. His comments were near Bull Durham-esque, spouting meaningless cliche after meaningless cliche. And, his demeanor was one of pure resignation.
I sincerely doubt he’s as useless around the cage as he is in the studio, but there’s been a long history of really good players failing as instructional coaches. The Yankees are far better hitters than performance indicates, and they will certainly start racking up the runs. But if anything, this slump calls into question Mattingly’s usefulness in general. If they awaken, then is it because of Mattingly’s expert advice? Or are they struggling at this point because Mattingly isn’t that good a teacher? Seems like we have a chicken and egg thing here, pointing strongly to the overestimation, particularly in these pages, of the impact of Mattingly’s presence.