Don Mattingly Baseball Stats | Commentary And Archival Information | Statistics, Collectibles, News, A Fan Club

Filled under:

Torre, the fifth-winningest manager in Major League history, is in the final year of a three-year contract. Mattingly has been the Dodgers' hitting coach since the 2008 All-Star break.Mattingly, Torre and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will be present at a 5 p.m. PT news conference to be held at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Joe Torre will be replaced by Don Mattingly as Dodgers manager in 2011.

Mattingly, 49, was a six-time All-Star and the American League Most Valuable Player in 1985 as a first baseman for the Yankees. He has never managed at any level, but when he joined the Dodgers with Torre three years ago, it was no secret that Mattingly would be groomed to replace him. Mattingly will manage in the upcoming Arizona Fall League, as previously announced.

"Over the past three years, I've had the opportunity to work with Don closely and have gotten to know him both personally and professionally, and I'm convinced that he's the right person to lead the Dodgers," Colletti said in a release. "His work ethic is unparalleled, his baseball knowledge is vast and his leadership skills have been established during more than three decades in professional baseball.

"Donnie has also learned alongside the best in the business. Joe Torre has been a great friend, a strong leader and an incredible presence for this organization, and I cannot thank him enough for his service to the Dodgers. I respect his decision to step aside, and I look forward to the day where I can watch him take his rightful place in Cooperstown among baseball's legends."

Because the Dodgers kept Major League Baseball updated on their plans to mold Mattingly into their next manager, they were granted an exception from a rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate.Mattingly has never managed at any level, except for a couple of games in emergency situations.He managed a game in spring training this year when Torre was on a exhibition tour of Taiwan. Mattingly's mistake in that game was in filling out the scorecard, resulting in the Dodgers' batting out of order.

Three of the Dodgers' starting pitchers will become free agents at the end of the season  Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda and Vicente Padilla  and there are no guarantees the Dodgers have the financial resources to do anything significant in the free-agent market.McCourt said the Dodgers will have "plenty of financial flexibility" this winter.But he made similar statements last year, and the Dodgers entered this season with a payroll that ranked 11th among the 30 teams in baseball.

This will be the first time Torre's team won't reach the postseason after 14 consecutive seasons advancing, the first 12 coming with the Yankees, who won four World Series in a span of five years with Torre at the helm.Torre had been negotiating a contract extension with the Dodgers last offseason but tabled the discussions during Spring Training, saying that he wasn't sure whether he wanted to manage after this season or how much of a front-office role he might want when he did stop managing.


Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails