Don Mattingly has won the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers the past two seasons and is on his way to a third straight title this season. So that means his job is safe, right?
While Mattingly has gotten the Dodgers to the postseason, his team has lost to the St. Louis Cardinals both times, including an NLDS exit in 2014. When Andrew Friedman took over as president of baseball operations and Joe Maddon left the Tampa Bay Rays, many believed that Maddon would be heading for Los Angeles. However, Friedman stuck with Mattingly and the team is currently 5.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
There’s a belief that Mattingly must deliver a trip to the World Series in order to secure his job for the final year of his contract. The 54-year-old signed a three-year extension before the 2014 season, but managers are let go before their deal all the time.
It appears that if the Dodgers do end up parting ways with Mattingly, there’s a team that would be interested, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
While Jennings is praised for tireless work and an eternally upbeat attitude, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has told everyone he seeks an experienced manager now. Mattingly, a known favorite of the owner, is thought to be among the strong considerations, should he become available.
The Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond earlier this season and appointed general manager Dan Jennings the new manager; however, the team has asked Jennings to step down after the season and return to his role as GM.
Mattingly took over as Dodgers manager in 2011 as the successor to Joe Torre, but had zero Major League managing experience before that. He has been praised by many for his handling of the clubhouse, but has also been criticized for his in-game management.
It will be an interesting story come this winter if the Dodgers don’t make a deep run into October.