GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In a rare and impromptu discourse on the role of clubhouse dynamics in on-field success, Don Mattingly on Saturday conceded seeing breakdowns last season that, as Joe Torre's hitting coach, he tried but couldn't mend. Now as the Dodgers manager days prior to Opening Day, Mattingly made it clear he has delivered the same advisory to players he perceived as being more receptive to the message. "If everyone doesn't pull in the same direction, you're going to be in trouble, I don't care how talented you are," Mattingly said. "It's going to take all of us to get where we want to go.
"There will be storms in every season, I know that, and you have to calm them. Last season, when the storms came, we did not stay together. We splintered when we were challenged. We didn't keep our minds on what we were trying to accomplish. If you don't play with a purpose, you're just playing."