Don Mattingly expects to be back with Dodgers next season
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he expects to be back with the team next season and would be surprised if the Dodgers hired a new general manager.
Mattingly signed a three-year contract extension in January and he and general manager Ned Colletti's status with the team has been under speculation since the Dodgers were bounced in the National League Division Series by the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.
"I'm assuming," Mattingly said, according to MLB.com. "Came to work, like every other day, nobody told me any different. I came in today and it seemed like business as usual."
Mattingly did not answer questions about if his coaching staff would be back, saying that he was "proud of everything we've done this year."
The Dodgers won 94 games this season and the National League West division crowd, but were once again eliminated early in the playoffs, despite a major league-high $235 million payroll.
"I don't feel like it's a bust," Mattingly said. "Win or bust is pretty tough. I don't mind that mentality, but you have to have reality, too."
Mattingly, who was second in the NL Manager of the Year voting last season, has a 354-293 record in four seasons with the team, with two division titles.
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