The Miami Marlins have reportedly hired Don Mattingly as their new manager.
Mattingly interviewed with the Marlins on Monday after parting ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week after five years as the team’s manager. Mattingly’s deal with Miami is reportedly for four years, reports Knight.
The Marlins were quickly reported as interested in hiring Mattingly following the news of his departure from Los Angeles. At the conclusion of the regular season, Miami did not ask interim manager Dan Jennings to return to the dugout for the 2016 season after the Marlins finished third in the NL East with a 71–91 record. Mattingly will become the eighth Marlins manager since 2008.
Under Mattingly’s watch, the Dodgers made the postseason by winning the NL West three years in a row. He led them to a 446–363 record over five years, but suffered from criticism over failing to meet high expectations considering the Dodgers’ rich payroll.
The Dodgers were eliminated from this year’s playoffs by the New York Mets in the NLDS after finishing the regular season with a 92–70 record.
Knight reports the Marlins are not expected to make a formal announcement about the hiring until after the completion of the World Series.
- Erin Flynn