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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 with GM Ned Colletti, Mattingly was awkwardly candid about the chances of him returning as the Dodgers manager next season, despite his contract for 2014 already having kicked in: “My option vested once we beat Atlanta,” Mattingly said. “That doesn’t mean I’ll be back.” “It’s been a frustrating, tough year honestly,” Mattingly said. “Because I think when you … come in basically as a lame duck and with the ($230-million) payroll and the guys that you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse. “So we dealt with that all year long, and really what it does, it puts me in a spot where everything I do is questioned. Because I’m basically trying out, auditioning to say, `Can you manage a team or not manage?’ It’s a tough spot. To me it gets to that point where, three years in you either know or you don’t.” Colletti expressed that he has confidence in Mattingly as a manager, despite Mattingly being on the hot seat before the Dodgers turned it on in June after calling up ROY candidate Yasiel Puig and shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned from injury. With so much criticism of his ability to coach being questioned, it’s understandable that Mattingly is skeptical of his future in Los Angeles, although offering that insight without being prompted to may have been ill-advised. Even if the Dodgers do decide to bring Mattingly back for 2014, it’s difficult to see him getting an extension after his comments in Monday’s press conference. Los Angeles has the talent on their roster to sustain losing Mattingly, so letting him walk now may be their best option at this point, rather than have his future with the team be a distraction going into next season. -ALR
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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...
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...
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...
Despite some non-commital comments toward one another after the National League Championship Series loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers led by manager Don Mattingly, it appears both sides are ready to move on to 2014 with Donnie Baseball honoring his 2014 contract. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times indicated via his Twitter account, that both sides are confirming. Don Mattingly...
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...
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...
While everyone was buzzing on Monday about the news of Jim Leyland retiring from his post in Detroit, somewhere else, Don Mattingly was stirring things up in the league himself during a Dodgers postseason press conference, also held on Monday.Mattingly at Dodgers press conference on Monday.Mattingly, sitting right by the side of Dodgers General Manger Ned Colletti, admitted that...
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...