Mattingly calls for improved baserunning

Mattingly calls for improved baserunning

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called a position-players meeting Wednesday to discuss growing concern over poor baserunning.

Mattingly said the issues were more involved than just basestealing, but also involved pre-pitch preparation regarding defensive positioning, awareness of game situations and when to be aggressive.

"There's been a sense of concern," said Mattingly. "Last year, we ran the bases well. This year, we've made too many mistakes. We've gotten away with it because we've been winning, but it's an area we need to improve.

"It's been brewing, not just the last couple of days. I don't think we're good enough to give away outs. We've made a lot of bad decisions and a lot of stuff hasn't been noticed because we've won games."

The timing of the meeting comes the day after Matt Kemp was retired twice after reaching first base safely, once when he was doubled up after second baseman Dan Uggla made a difficult catch of a pop fly, the other time when Kemp made a false move toward second base after beating a throw to first in the dirt.

Mattingly, however, excused both of those situations and said he actually called the meeting Monday. As for stealing bases, the Dodgers are ninth in the league with 12 stolen bases, but they have been caught a league-high 11 times.