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Just My Type
Interview by DAN PATRICK
August 19, 2013
DON MATTINGLY
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August 19, 2013

Just My Type

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DM: Oh, my gosh, he's a human highlight reel. Every night he does something. He made a play in Toronto up against the wall that was one of the best plays I've seen. He went full speed, hit the wall and still made the catch. If he gets on four times, he's probably going to do two crazy things on the bases, and he'll make two crazy plays [in the field].

DP: How did you handle the news of the BioGenesis suspensions?

DM: I don't know if it was a good day or a bad day. It feels like it's going toward being good because everyone has had enough. I think the testing should get better and better and the penalties should get more harsh because it will deter guys from doing it.

DP: Are you concerned that players are coming back [from suspension] too soon and they don't really lose much?

DM: We've seen it with a couple of guys. If their team makes the playoffs they'll have a chance to play. At this point in the season, if you have 450 at bats, you miss two months. That means you're going to be right on time [to come back for the postseason]. To me, they should miss this year and the next. That keeps guys from signing that next deal.

DP: Are you trying to get ejected less?

DM: That's right, I'm staying in the game. I've made that vow.

DP: Is it more valuable for you to stay on the bench or argue with umps?

DM: [Laughs.] Sometimes I think I'm more valuable when I get thrown out.

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