Posted October 23, 2013

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to return in 2014

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His contract option has officially vested, but Don Mattingly is "frustrated" with Dodgers ownership and unsure if he'll be back next season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

His contract option has officially vested, Don Mattingly intends to manage the Dodgers next season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The agent for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he intends to honor his contract and manage next season, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Team President Stan Kasten said that he has always been a big fan of Mattingly’s and confirmed that he will return next season.

“I always thought that,” Kasten said. “Absolutely.”

Mattingly’s contract was vested when Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series after beating the Atlanta Braves in the Division Series.

Mattingly said he was frustrated with the entire saga during a Monday press conference and has been looking for a long-term deal.

In three seasons with the team, Mattingly has complied a 260-225 record.  His agent said they plan to talk to Dodgers management about his status.

“I’m anticipating a happy ending,” Kasten said about the prospects of giving Mattingly a long-term contract.

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“We feel confident Stan will be reaching out to to Don within a few days, but we don’t know his timetable,” Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, told ESPN.com. “We understand the Dodgers won’t be making any comments concerning those conversations until after the completion of the World Series.”


9 comments
likedoohan
likedoohan

This is a no-brainer. If the Dodgers don't want him, they can fire him and then they have to pay him. Why would he not come back? If he gets fired, he gets paid by LA and whoever signs him next. He can't lose the PR battle. How would a team look firing a guy after getting to the playoffs following one the biggest turn-arounds ever? He'd be an idiot to let them off the hook.

Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips

i se that Magic has brought the Laker drama to the Dodgers...one problem no championships. Is this the way that these guys need to keep their name out there? Who cares it's football and hockey season. Baseball can go back to sleep for 5 months - wait there's a World Series going? i must have dozed off...

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

who cares.  i suppose it was his fault the dodgers hit .200 in the NLCS.


the entire organization is a joke.

DalePearl
DalePearl

If he wins the world series next year are they going to dump him?

badcyclist
badcyclist

Please give Don Mattingly a nice handshake, a gold watch, and wave nicely at Union Station while he departs LA and returns to the Bronx where he belongs.  

Give us a real Dodger manager, and rebuild the old Dodger farm system and let's get back to the Dodger way to play baseball.  I want a team where I know the faces, names, and personalities because they came up through the system.  Let's have the core of the team stick around for a decade or more, rather than a parade of over-the-hill hired guns, here today and gone tomorrow. 

Most of all, let the Yankees be the Yankees, and let's stop trying to be the Yankees' junior western franchise.

Mark112
Mark112

I know that Dusty Baker has his critics, but I think he'd be a perfect fit in Dodger Blue and I'm not even a Dodger fan. Mattingly was handed the keys to the kingdom and can't handle that responsibility apparently, and the manager before him, the overrated Joe Torre, was a complete bust. The Dodger brass should consult Tommy Lasorda and follow whatever advice he offers. Too bad Tommy is no longer up for the gig.

George in PA
George in PA

@badcyclist I too would love to see baseball return to team identities that fans could pick up on and root for, year after year. The problem is it's not going to happen. Baseball and most professional sports are broken and remind me of the commercial where the elderly woman says, "I've fallen and I can't get up".

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

@badcyclist The Dodgers had Loney, Kemp, Martin, Ethier as their core of farm-fresh talent. That didn't really pan out, so they bought some guys. You don't just have a new core of championship players coming up every year. Look at the Yankees. They expected their next core of players to include Hughes, Joba, and Jesus Montero. Those three are all duds. You get your chances every once in a while, not every year. Unless you're St. Louis. Man, they're right there every year. Lose a Pujols, use a Craig. Craig gets injured, Matt Adams. Nobody has that. I mean, I left out pitching because Kershaw, Jensen, and Ryu seem to be doing just fine.

kyyled5
kyyled5

@Mark112 As a giants fan, I say let's get Dusty in there. Nobody knows how to handle a bullpen like DB.