When the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations, speculation arose concerning Joe Maddon potentially becoming the next Dodger manager.
Friedman voiced his commitment to Don Mattingly, who has held the position since 2011, during the introductory press conference and further emphasized the decision when Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday.
Friedman and Maddon worked together in Tampa Bay to transform the team from perennial losers into contenders. With the two in charge, the Rays shocked the baseball world by reaching the 2008 World Series where they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Upon joining the Dodgers, Friedman expressed his desire to nurture a relationship with Mattingly just as he did with Maddon. As for Dodger players, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, and Juan Uribe were named finalists for the 2014 Gold Glove in their respective positions.
In addition, Kershaw also won Sporting News and Baseball America’s Player of the Year.
Here are the past week’s biggest stories:
Mattingly Intrigued By Dodgers Ranking In Use Of Analytics
Dee Gordon Was Motivated By Lack Of Role
Corey Seager Learned From Failure To Find Success
Dodgers Rumors: Andrew Friedman Signed Five-Year Contract
Dodgers Rumors: Lorenzo Bundy To Return In 2015
Joe Maddon: ‘I’ve Got To Hear What Everyone Has To Say’
Twitter Reaction To Joe Maddon Leaving Tampa Bay Rays
MLB News: Joe Maddon To Opt Out Of Final Year Of Contract
Four Players Named Finalists For Gold Glove
Clayton Kershaw Wins Sporting News Player Of The Year
Dee Gordon Went To ‘Square One’ To Improve Hitting
Dan Haren Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery On Left Shoulder
Mattingly Not Worried About Maddon Speculation
Kershaw, Gordon Named To Sporting News 2014 All-Star Team
Dodgers Rumors: Josh Byrnes In Play For Executive Position
Clayton Kershaw Named Baseball America’s Player Of The Year
Dodgers Rumors: Andrew Friedman To Keep Scouts In 2015