Mattingly welcomes 'positive energy'

Mattingly welcomes 'positive energy'

CHICAGO -- Manager Don Mattingly, who has maintained the belief that the Dodgers' off-the-field matters haven't affected the players, acknowledges that the atmosphere around the club has changed now that it's been sold.

"I think the guys are excited from the standpoint of the positive energy around our club," Mattingly said while chairman and controlling partner Mark Walter, his family and new president Stan Kasten greeted players before batting practice at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

"For two years, we've been dealing with soap opera-ish stuff in the papers, making fun of the Dodgers and the way we're run. To have a group come in with the reputation like Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners and to talk about the credibility and that they'll run this like a first-class operation, the guys like hearing that. You like to be somewhere people respect what you're trying to do."