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Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly’s contract option was vested, but will he return in 2014? (photo credit: Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports)
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season came to an unceremonious end with a 9-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
It was a strange ending as Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw only managed to pitch four innings. A telling sign of how out of sorts the Dodgers’ playoff run was, the loss dropped Kershaw’s 2013 postseason record to 0-2.
It’s certainly an odd record for a player who may very well become the next Dodger to top the $100 million mark, and likely surpass $200 million in salary.
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The 2013 season served as a great learning experience for the Dodgers. Reaching the NLCS with the amount of adversity and injuries they faced is admirable. Assuming better health moving forward, they should find themselves in the thick of things for years to come.
Securing a bright future took a couple of turns on Monday. First, it was reported the Dodgers had agreed to terms with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero. Guerrero’s contract is believed to be a four-year, $28 million deal.
Then, during a Monday press conference described by those in attendance as uncomfortable and tense, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly revealed his contract option for next season was vested when the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series.
“That doesn’t mean I’ll be back,” Mattingly said as he sat with Colletti. Mattingly’s lack of a contract extension has been well-documented, and it appears to have reached a boiling point.
After surprisingly saying he may not return to manage the team, Mattingly went on to detail how tough of a season it was, something he largely downplayed when previously questioned.
He described himself as a lame duck, and said he felt as though he was in a position where his decisions were questioned. ”I’m basically trying out,” Mattingly said.
The embattled coach often came under fire, particularly early in the season when the team was greatly underachieving. A 42-8 stretch came and Mattingly was seemingly in everyone’s good graces, except management, who still refused to sign him to an extension.
For what it’s worth, Mattingly, who was hired by Colletti, has the support of the general manager.
“I have tremendous confidence and faith in this guy,” Colletti said.
With open managerial positions in Cincinnati, Detroit, and Washington, Mattingly has options.
Fortunately, a resolution should be forthcoming.
“It’s going to be resolved very quickly,” Colletti said.
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Don Mattingly gave quite the exit press conference yesterday, basically saying that he has a guaranteed contract for next year, but if he doesn’t get a multi-year deal, then he might not be back with the Dodgers.
“My option vested once we beat Atlanta, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be back,” Mattingly told reporters on Monday, with general manager Ned Colletti sitting beside...
Tweet Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has went through quite a season of ups and downs. After the Dodgers got off to a slow start and were in the NL West basement in early June, the team turned it around and ended up winning the division and just two wins shy of the making the World Series. During his post season press conference...
LOS ANGELES Three days after their season ended, the Dodgers still have not decided whether to bring back Don Mattingly -- an inaction that has the manager perturbed and perplexed.
Mattingly remains a lame duck, although he said Monday that the option year in his three-year contract became vested when the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the National League...
As the speculation swirls around the Los Angeles Dodgers / Don Mattingly saga, both sides are being cagey in their comments about a return to the top step in 2014 for Mattingly.
“I love it here, but I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted,” Mattingly said.
As reported on sportsinjuryalert.com, officially the Dodgers brass has deemed Mattingly’s job security a “non...
Don Mattingly will return to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers next season.
Mattingly and the Dodgers agreed on at least that much Wednesday, as both sides said they would honor their existing contract.
"Absolutely," said Stan Kasten, the Dodgers' president and primary decision maker.
Said Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte: "Donnie's always been a man of his...
Don Mattingly said Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers' first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn't sure he'll be back as manager next season.
He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.
"It's been a frustrating...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hemming and hawing about manager Don Mattingly's future with the team, despite the third-year skipper rallying the club from last in its division to within two wins of the World Series over the course of the last few months.
So when it came time for his final media appearance of the year, Mattingly, alongside Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti...
Don Mattingly, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, would be a perfect fit to take over the Tigers. (golembeski, Flickr)
When Jim Leyland retired as Detroit Tigers’ manager on Monday morning, some people around the internet sarcastically started asking about the future of Donnie Baseball.
In that particular instance, they meant Don Kelly, a Pittsburgh kid and perpetual favorite...
Nothing is official until it comes out of the Dodgers mouth... but it appears as if the lingering questions about Don Mattingly coming back have been answered.
Well, not really.
Here are the direct quotes I have read from his agent, Ron Schulte, in a phone interview with ESPN LA's Ramona Shelburne:
"We feel confident Stan will be reaching out to to...
OK.. So just a few hours ago some were trying to find meaning in Don Mattingly's agents comments to Ramona Selburne and Mark Saxon...
Were Ron Schulte's words a desperate attempt to try and salvage what little may have been left of Don Mattingly's relationship with the Dodgers?
Was he telling Kasten and company that the ball was fimrly in their court?
There’s just a certain way you can’t treat legendary players.
With clouds of uncertainty gathering around Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly, one can’t help but ask why the Dodgers are choosing to play tug-o-war at this stage of his stint as manager.
After being nearly ousted early on into the season, Mattingly’s career was saved after the Dodgers got red hot after All Star...
The Dodgers picked up the options of coaches Rick Honeycutt, Davey Lopes, and Tim Wallach today, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com. Also Mark McGwire will return because he’s already under contract. Trey Hillman‘s option was declined, so that leaves John Valentin, Ken Howell, and Chuck Crim in the wind for now, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA.
So what does this...
Let's end this charade once and for all. The Dodgers should either
fire Don Mattingly or trade him to one of the four remaining teams
with a managerial opening, assuming that one of those clubs would
even want him.
I can't click the twitter without reading someone commenting something on whether or not Don Mattingly will be/should be brought back.
But the first big move made regarding the coaching staff comes with Mattingly's good friend and bench coach, Trey Hillman.
According to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports:
Sources: #dodgers fire bench coach trey hillman and advance...
It has been two full days since the Dodgers season ended on a disappointing note in St. Louis.
Today was the day that GM Ned Colletti and manager - for now - Don Mattingly met the press to discuss a variety of issues.
The main issue: Donnie's future.
The press conference streamed Live on Dodgers.com, but I was too late to see it.
From the tweets...