1) Dodger fans will finally get off Don Mattingly‘s back.
Despite managing back-to-back division champions, Mattingly has a poor reputation among a relatively vocal subset of Dodger fans due his perceived logistical shortcomings. The Dodgers’ new front office, headed up by Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, is famous for its focus on statistical analysis and has been mockingly dubbed the “Geek Squad” by some troglodytes in the local media. Mattingly has shown a willingness, and perhaps even an enthusiasm, for consulting with them and learning from their approach. If Mattingly can really put aside the pride and ego that come with being one of the best baseball players of his generation and listen to the nerds who never played the game, as he seems to be doing, we will see a manager who makes more statistically sound in-game decisions. There will always be boo-birds, but the smartest fans will appreciate a Don Mattingly who is willing to learn.