Controversy tried to break through into the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday when reports surfaced that the Miami Marlins would be interested in manager Don Mattingly if he became available.
The Dodgers were on the heels of a three-game sweep against the San Francisco Giants and Mattingly was ready to deflect any questions about the rumors. He mentioned that his son, Preston, told him a bit about what was out there, but the manager brushed off any serious consideration. “It’s not going to be a disruption,” Mattingly said. “Preston called me today and he is the one that keeps me informed about anything that is going on. I have no idea where that comes from. I’m happy and I’m not worried about anything as far as that goes.”
The manager provided a clear response to the question and showed a sense of seriousness about the situation; however, Mattingly did have one message that he wanted to specify after being asked about another potential managerial position.
“I’m happy where I’m at and I like being here. I feel like I am a Dodger.”
During his tenure with the Dodgers, Mattingly has faced his fair share of criticism, but has also succeeded. He has led the ball club to three division titles and was a part of the historic 42-8, record-breaking run that shocked all of Major League Baseball.
Mattingly also ended any other potential questions about the Marlins’ interest in order to show his focus towards the pennant chase and the Dodgers postseason push. “We can talk about winning games, moving forward, and that’s all I really care about,” he said with conviction in his voice.
In 2013, the Joe Torre protégée came in second place in manager-of-the-year voting after a tremendous season. Mattingly also has improved his record each season he has been with the organization. The former New York Yankee is under contract for 2016, after signing a three-year extension just prior to the 2014 season.