Originally written on Los That Sports Blog  |  Last updated 11/15/14

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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