The Dodgers are clinging to hope, that they can claim the last wild card spot, as they sit only one game back of the Cardinals. But as GM Ned Colletti begins to prepare for next season and beyond, he told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles among others that manager Don Mattingly will return next season.
Mattingly has one year left on his deal, but reports have surfaced that once Colletti's extension is knocked out Mattingly's extension will be top priority. Colletti also mentioned that a poor finish by the Dodgers (which they are well on their way to that) would not influence his decision in bringing Mattingly back.
“I think he's done a really good job of keeping it together and there's never an excuse. He doesn't give any and he doesn't take any,” Colletti said. “I don't have any doubt that our efforts every day are there, and I think that's one of the main jobs of a manager, to make sure guys are into it.
The Dodgers are 157-149 in his two seasons as manager.
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