With the conclusion of the Los Angeles Dodgers season on Tuesday, the rumors and speculation for 2015 have begun.
First, rumors circulated that general manager Ned Colletti and Don Mattingly could be on the hot seat following the early exit in the playoffs. Mattingly faced similar questions after the 2013 season. Colletti has been with the Dodgers since 2005 and has been at the helm of five playoff appearances.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Mattingly didn’t give a reassuring answer regarding his status as manager:
Don Mattingly "assuming" he will manage Dodgers next season.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 9, 2014
While Mattingly has two years left on his deal, managers are often let go before their contract expires. The fourth-year manager has taken some of the blame for the Dodgers loss because of his handling of the bullpen and the sudden benching of Yasiel Puig in Game 4 of the NLDS.
During the year, the 53-year-old was praised for his handling of the clubhouse and the logjam in the outfield. Mattingly was counted on to manage the egos in the crowded outfield situation and was praised for his work in getting Andre Ethier to accept his diminished role. He is often regarded as a players manage and is often criticized for his in-game management.
Mattingly also couldn’t say whether his entire coaching staff will return via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 9, 2014
Bundy is one of many being interviewed for the Diamondbacks job after the firing of Kirk Gibson. Also, Tim Wallach interviewed for a few jobs last winter and could be called on again if teams are in need of a manager.
The Dodgers will have a lot of questions in the coming days and will have a few decisions to make.