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Untested Mattingly faces a big challenge

Updated: February 10, 2011, 4:25 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Is Don Mattingly really ready to be a major league manager?

The short answer, of course, is nobody really knows. That includes Mattingly, who when asked the question point-blank at his introductory news conference in September answered with a less-than-commanding, "I think I am." And there is one certainty as the legendary first baseman and longtime manager-in-waiting prepares to embark on this journey when spring training begins Wednesday:

Less-than-commanding will be less ...

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