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Don Mattingly fires back at Bryce Harper over criticism of Marlins

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has taken issue with Bryce Harper’s criticism of the team’s offseason moves, telling the Washington Nationals superstar to “take care of your own dugout.”

The Marlins, under the leadership of new co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter, essentially orchestrated a complete teardown of the organization, jettisoning star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon.

Harper on Monday said he was shocked by the moves and suggested only a couple of pitchers could have transformed the team into a contender.

Mattingly on Tuesday fired back at Harper, saying it’s “not really his place to comment on us.”

“He doesn’t really know what goes on over here,” Mattingly said. “He may think he does. But he doesn’t know what the discussions are. He doesn’t know our players.”

Harper was not the first person to deride the Marlins’ moves, nor will he be the last. Mattingly understandably does not appreciate outsiders criticizing his team. But decisions as profound as those made by the new Marlins front office in recent months are bound to be questioned, even condemned.