After five years at the helm of the Los Angeles Dodgers and three straight NL West titles, manager Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers have parted ways, according to CBS Sports. The move reportedly was mutual.
Mattingly was reportedly offered an extension last weekend, but turned it down with one year left on his deal. He turned it down because he was unsure about the Dodgers’ long term commitment to him as manager.
He was the first Dodgers manager to make the postseason three straight years and win the NL West in three straight seasons as well.
With baseball’s highest payroll, over $300 million, the expectations were very high and even though the Dodgers won all of these division titles, it never amounted to a World Series appearance. Los Angeles twice lost in the division series and once in the NLCS under Mattingly.
The front office really liked Mattingly, but long-term, there seemed to be some doubt. Andrew Friedman is the new president of the Dodgers, and word on the street is that they got along very well, but ultimately, they felt it was best to part ways.
Mattingly’s managerial career began in 2011 and he ended with a 446-362 (.551) record with the Dodgers after he was hand picked by Joe Torre, the previous manager for LA.
It is reported that Mattingly wants to continue managing and has been tied to the Miami Marlins.
Now with the Dodgers needing a new manager, they will face some competition in that department as four other big league ball clubs around the league will also be looking for a new man in charge in the dugout as well.