Don Mattingly will honor the final year of his contract for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After saying he didn’t want to be a “lame duck” manager this upcoming season, Mattingly has decided to come back and manage next year, but it’s still not guaranteed that both parties will reach an agreement on an extension.
No news is expected until after the World Series, but these recent developments sound promising after a troublesome press conference between Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti. Things have cooled off since then and players like Carl Crawford have publicly supported Mattingly and even Colletti has stated he has much respect for Donnie Baseball.
The Dodgers have retained most of Mattingly’s staff for at least one more year. One can only hope the Dodgers and Mattingly resolve this issue before spring training so they can simply focus on baseball, but that remains to be seen.
Mattingly was criticized for his in-game management during the postseason, but has also been praised for his ability to manage a clubhouse full of high profile ball players and characters. Ultimately, Mattingly has decided to honor the last year of his contract and he will have another opportunity to prove his worth here in Los Angeles.
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