Results tagged ‘ Don Mattingly ’

Don Mattingly and returning to the scene of the climb

LOS ANGELES DODGERS V MIAMI MARLINS

By Jon Weisman

It’s not that you can’t go home again — it’s just so strange to do it.

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In case you missed it: Kool Kenley

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers

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By Jon Weisman

Let’s recap the first Saturday of Spring Training …
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By bucking rookie manager history, Dave Roberts would be making history

Dave Roberts on April 24, 2004 at Dodger Stadium. Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Dave Roberts on April 24, 2004 at Dodger Stadium. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Cary Osborne

There’s this long-standing narrative in baseball about a rookie manager having to earn his stripes or needing some sort of prior big league managerial experience before he can guide a team to a World Series or even bigger, a World Series title.

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Report: Don Mattingly to manage Marlins

Dee Gordon says hello to Don Mattingly in his first game at Dodger Stadium as a Miami Marlin on May 11, as Lorenzo Bundy observes. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dee Gordon says hello to Don Mattingly before Gordon’s first game at Dodger Stadium as a Miami Marlin on May 11, as Lorenzo Bundy observes. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Don Mattingly and the Marlins have agreed to a deal for him to become the next Miami manager, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com confirmed today.

An official announcement is expected after the World Series. Mattingly will be the 15th manager in Marlins history and the second with Dodger ties, following Jeff Torborg (2002-03).

John Boles (1996-2001) later became a Dodger senior advisor, and Cookie Rojas, who managed the Marlins for one game in 2006 between Rene Lachemann and Boles, was the starting second baseman as a roookie for the Reds in the first game ever at Dodger Stadium. A week later, according to Baseball-Reference.com, Rojas got his first Major League hit — off Sandy Koufax.

But I digress. Mattingly will return April 25-28 to Los Angeles, when Miami plays at Dodger Stadium to start the Dodgers’ second homestand of the year.

Deconstructing the departure of Don Mattingly

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Andrew Friedman at the televised press conference discussing Don Mattingly’s exit.

Don Mattingly and Andrew Friedman chat at an October 7 workout. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Don Mattingly and Andrew Friedman chat at an October 7 workout. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

This would have been a good day to own stock in the word “mutual.”

Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi — along with outgoing manager Don Mattingly — fought an uphill battle before a skeptical press corps this afternoon to emphasize that the decision for Mattingly to leave the Dodgers was a shared one.

“If there was a reason that this happened, we would share it,” Friedman said during a 45-minute session for him and Zaidi at Dodger Stadium. “There’s not. It was a collection of a lot of different conversations over many days that got us to this point. So it’s not so black and white here. There is a huge middle, and it’s gray, and that’s how everything played out.”

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Dodgers, Don Mattingly part ways

Don Mattingly went 446-363 as Dodger manager. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Don Mattingly went 446-363 as Dodger manager. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Eight people have managed the Dodgers since their last World Series in 1988, and soon there will be a ninth.

Here’s this morning’s announcement:

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Don Mattingly have mutually agreed that Mattingly will not return to manage the club in 2016.

Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi and senior vice-president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes met and talked extensively with Mattingly for several days following the conclusion of the season.

“As our end-of-season process began, we discussed the past year, our future goals, necessary changes, roster needs and other matters relating to next year’s campaign,” said Friedman. “As the dialogue progressed daily, it evolved to a point where we all agreed that it might be best for both sides to start fresh. We decided to think about it for a couple of days and when we spoke again, we felt comfortable that this was the direction to go. I have the utmost respect for Donnie and thoroughly enjoyed working with him this past season. I want to thank him for his hard work and collaboration, as well as his accomplishments, including three consecutive National League West titles. I wish him nothing but success in the future.”

“I’m honored and proud to have had the opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers,” said Mattingly. “I’ve enjoyed my experiences and relationships with the organization’s staff and players throughout my eight years in L.A. After meeting with Andrew, Farhan and Josh, we all felt that a fresh start would be good for both the organization and me. We talked about several scenarios, including my returning in 2016. However, I believe this is the right time and right move for both parties. I’m still very passionate about managing and hope to get the opportunity in the near future. In the meantime, I want to thank the Dodger organization, the city and our fans for the opportunity and wish the club well going forward.”

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Hatcher emerges as primary set-up man to Jansen

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Since he came off the disabled list in August, opponents are hitting .163/.239/.313/.551 against Chris Hatcher. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

No longer is there any doubt about who is the Dodgers’ primary eighth-inning reliever in the bullpen.

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Off-day report: Mattingly addresses Utley-Tejada

By Jon Weisman

Speaking to reporters tonight after the Dodgers’ arrival in New York, manager Don Mattingly backed Chase Utley a day after his hard slide into Ruben Tejada.

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Utley slide turns NLDS tide

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

In the 52 days that Chase Utley has been a Dodger, some of the most common compliments have been about his aggressiveness, especially on the basepaths.

One Utley baserunning play in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 5-2 National League Division Series victory Saturday night resulted in a collision, a broken right fibula for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and a gargantuan swing of momentum in favor of the Dodgers. All of those forces combined to create controversy as well because of the nature of the slide.

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With two games to go, Yasiel Puig is back

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Padres at Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.
Kiké Hernandez, CF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Justin Ruggiano, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Zack Greinke, P

By Cary Osborne

As late as the middle of this week, Dodger manager Don Mattingly was saying it was unlikely that Yasiel Puig would be playing at Dodger Stadium the final weekend of the regular season.

That posture began to alter before Thursday’s final game in San Francisco, and on Friday, Mattingly allowed (without many specifics) that Puig could be back in Los Angeles this weekend.

Now it’s Saturday, and the Dodger right fielder has come off the disabled list, finding himself in the starting lineup in right field and batting sixth against San Diego. Puig missed the last 34 games with a right hamstring strain.

“I think this is really a couple of days to see what he can do,” Mattingly said.

Puig has been limited to just 77 games this year due to two DL stints, both caused by a hamstring injury. He last played August 27, and actually has an active 10-game hitting streak with a .390 on-base percentage and .526 slugging percentage in his past 41 plate appearances.

Sunday, Puig is not scheduled to be in the lineup, but Mattingly said he could be used in a double-switch situation. He expects Puig to play the full game today after playing seven innings of Instructional League ball in Arizona on Friday.

Mattingly wouldn’t speculate on what Puig’s status is for the postseason roster. He said Puig’s status change from midweek isn’t because Scott Van Slyke is unavailable due to a right wrist injury. Van Slyke is wearing a removable brace that Mattingly said he will retain for the next couple of days. After the regular season ends Sunday, he’ll be re-evaluated.

Puig’s return coincides with Zack Greinke’s final start of the regular season and the right-hander’s opportunity to win the ERA title. He enters the game at 1.68 with Cubs’ ace Jake Arrieta’s season done at 1.77.

More than Greinke’s ERA, Mattingly is focused on getting a win tonight, with home-field advantage against the Mets in the National League Division Series on the line. New York lost the first part of a doubleheader 3-1 to Washington this afternoon and began Game 2 at 4:10 p.m.

The Dodgers’ magic number for home-field advantage is down to two, meaning they could clinch as soon as tonight with a victory over San Diego and another Mets loss to the Nationals.

Greinke, after missing a start on September 23 due to soreness in his calf, returned Monday against San Francisco and is expected to pitch a full game against the Padres.

As for the regular season finale, a game in which Mattingly traditionally hands over the reins as manager to a player for the day, he said if the Dodgers are still playing for home-field advantage, he will still be in charge. If the Dodgers clinch tonight, he has a decision to make.

“Then I’ll have a little fun with it,” he said.