TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
MLB

Mattingly unsure if he'll be back with Dodgers next season

{eot}
The Canadian Press
10/21/2013 6:00:20 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly said Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers' first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn't sure he'll be back as manager next season.

He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.

"It's been a frustrating, tough year, honestly," he told reporters while sitting next to general manager Ned Colletti.

"It puts me in a spot that everything I do is questioned because I'm basically trying out and auditioning, can you manage or can't you manage? That's not a great position for me as a manager."

Mattingly's option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team has yet to say anything about his future.

Colletti said Mattingly's status would be "resolved very quickly." But it was apparent while Mattingly talked that he would like a multiyear deal.

"It's pretty easy to figure out," he said.

"I like being here, but I don't want to be anywhere where you're not wanted. I don't want to be somewhere where people don't think you're capable of doing the job," Mattingly said.

Colletti made it clear that he supports Mattingly's return. But team President Stan Kasten and the ownership group headed by Mark Walter figure to have the final say.

"I think he did great," Colletti said. "I have a lot of respect for this guy. He kept it steady for a tough period of time."

Mattingly is 260-225 in three years as manager, guiding the Dodgers to the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis in six games last week.

When the Dodgers stumbled to start the season, falling to last place in the NL West while injuries piled up, speculation was rampant that Mattingly would be fired. Kasten indicated to him at the time that things needed to improve for Mattingly to keep his job.

The team won 42 of 50 games during a torrid midseason stretch to take over first place and eventually won the division by 11 games over Arizona.

"It was quite a remarkable season," Colletti said.

He wouldn't comment on the status of Mattingly's coaching staff, but it's possible changes could be made, although Mattingly indicated he would like to keep it intact.

NOTES: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The team said the procedure "involved removing several spurs, a loose body and doing a microfracture on the talus bone." Kemp is expected to be in a splint for two weeks and a walking boot for another two weeks. But the Dodgers say "he is expected to be competitive in time for the regular season."

Don Mattingly (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story



Canadians in MLB

Canadians in the Majors

Take a look at the early-season results from all of Canada's Major League representatives. More...

The Boys of Summer

MLB Preview 2014

It's time for another season of Major League Baseball. Get primed for 2014 with previews for all 30 teams including Scott MacArthur's look at what to expect from the Toronto Blue Jays.


American League: East | Central | West
National League: East | Central | West
Toronto Blue Jays

Free Agency: American League | National League

Podcasts

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: April 23 - Ricky Romero

Buffalo Bisons Pitcher Ricky Romero joins Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge to talk about his season with the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate so far.

TSN 1050: Mike Richards in the Morning: April 21 - Dirk Hayhurst

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst Dirk Hayhurst joined Mike Richards in the Morning to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays' play lately.

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: April 18 - Scott MacArthur

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur discussed the embarrassing loss that the Blue Jays experienced against the Twins.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television