Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and GM Ned Colletti both held their end of the season press conferences at Dodger Stadium and it was one of the more awkward press conferences in recent memory.
Mattingly and Colletti talked about next season, the Alexander Guerrero signing and much more, but the topic of the day was the status of Mattingly’s contract. It was revealed that with the Dodgers NLDS victory, his option for next season vested, but that he might not be back and talked about his 2013 season according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
When you’re put in this position, the organization basically says, We don’t know if you can manage or not.’ That’s the position I’ve been in all year long. So, that’s not a great position for me as a manager. That’s the way the organization wanted it last year. That’s fine. At this point, it is what it is.
In the same press conference, Mattingly said he doesn’t want to be a “lame duck” manager and is looking for a multi-year deal, not just another one-year trial run in 2014.
This was Mattingly’s third season as Dodgers manager and at this point management should know what they’re getting if he continues to manage in 2014. As the press conference continued, Mattingly continued to make reference to his uncertain future and Colletti expects a resolution of the matter quickly.
Other managers that could become candidates are Dusty Baker, Brad Ausmus, Tim Wallach and possibly Tony La Russa. It was reported about two weeks ago that Mattingly would be back, but after he stood up for himself in a shocking display this afternoon, there’s a chance he decides to walk away.
The Guggenheim Group inherited Mattingly after he was hired by former Dodger owner Frank McCourt and both sides could decide to go their separate ways. To say the least, the Dodgers offseason has gotten off to quite an explosive start. Buckle up.
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