LOS ANGELES -- Despite concerns about historically slow starts from players in the past, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he would allow his players to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic if asked, thanks to newly named manager Joe Torre's track record as a big league manager.
"He's been through enough of those tournaments to have a better understanding," Mattingly said. "When he was managing the Yankees and guys were leaving and getting ready to go play, he'll have a better feel for that. He'll be great for it. He'll be a great ambassador."
Mattingly expressed concerns that players don't get the work they need before the season because they work out, hit and play instead of working on the finer things, like bunting or defense, that the team goes over in Spring Training.
Torre said he had the same concerns when he was managing and he guaranteed that he will take care of all the players and send them back ready.
With Torre's promise and his background, Mattingly said he wouldn't hold players like Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier back if they wanted to participate.
However, that is under one main stipulation.
"We're trying to win a World Series, [so that is only] if [the Classic] doesn't get in the way of it and our guys are going to be prepared as Day One starts," he said.