The Los Angeles Dodgers were defeated in five games of the NLDS by the current NL pennant winners, the New York Mets. Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had one year left on his contract and the team was keen on signing him to another extension.
In a shocking move, ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne reported that Don Mattingly decided that he wanted to move on from the Dodgers after having to experience so much organizational instability.
Don Mattingly is one of the best managers in baseball and numerous teams are reportedly interested in the job. The Washington Nationals fired manager Matt Williams, which leaves the door open for Mattingly to potentially move there. The other job openings include the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.
Joe Torre was replaced by Don Mattingly in 2011 and he was great in the regular season. Mattingly went 446-363 over these past four seasons and won three straight NL West titles but the Dodgers never made a World Series appearance during his time there.
That now makes nine straight postseason appearances without making it to the World Series for the Dodgers organization.
Don Mattingly is slowly beginning to build a legacy as a manager who can’t win the big games, he went 8-11 in the postseason with the Dodgers. He is also known as a former New York Yankees superstar who never made it past the ALDS.
There are numerous possibilities as to who could replace Don Mattingly as the Dodgers manager. There’s former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black who would surely love to stay in the state of California. There’s also current bench coach and former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.
Whoever the Dodgers decide to bring in, there’s a good chance he won’t be as liked as Don Mattingly was in the clubhouse by his players. Clayton Kershaw said in an interview earlier this season,
“I’m in Donnie’s corner, too. I love Donnie, known him for long time, played for him and Joe [Torre], the only two managers I’ve played for. Obviously I have a ton of respect for him. It would be good to have him back as well.”
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez also mentioned recently, “He’s our guy and I believe in him.”
Don Mattingly isn’t the only person who has decided to leave the city of angels. Right after the Dodgers lost to the Mets, one of their aces Zach Greinke decided to opt out of his lucrative contract.
There’s a chance that Grienke could end up back in LA depending on how much more money they would add on but he’s likely moved on from the Dodgers.
Don Mattingly will take his talents elsewhere, but who knows? If there’s a day when the Yankees organization decides to let go of Joe Girardi then a reunion between Mattingly and the Bronx bombers could be in order.