(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers fired bench coach Trey Hillman on Tuesday.
Mattingly said Monday that he was unsure of his return in 2014 and this may have increased tension between the two sides.
“This organization treated me great,” Hillman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday. “I think this organization wants to get somewhere real quick and they just didn’t feel like I was best for the manager and the players.”
Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first-base coach Davey Lopes, and third-base coach Tim Wallach each had their option picked up and are scheduled to return in 2014.
“It didn’t shock me to hear what [Mattingly] had to say,” Hillman told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “When you’re in this market, there’s a lot of pressure on you and you need to have leverage. If you’re constantly trying to prove yourself year after year with extremely high payroll guys, I don’t believe that gives the leverage to do what you need to do sometimes.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire