Don Mattingly and the Dodgers will part ways, sources tell CBS Sports.
The decision is being described as mutual.
Dodgers higherups like Mattingly very much, but it was apparent there wasn’t support for the long-term. Word is Mattingly felt he was treated very well by baseball president Andrew Friedman and others, but the sides ultimately decided it was better to move on.
An announcement is expected later Thursday.
Mattingly won three straight division titles with the Dodgers, becoming the first Dodgers manager ever to do that and also make the playoffs in three straight. But Mattingly bore the heavy burden of outsized expectations.
The parting of ways comes as a bit of a shock, as the Dodgers did really well this year and as far as anyone can tell both parties were fairly happy with each other. The current running theory is that Mattingly was looking for a long term contract and management was hesitant at best.
Mattingly should have no problems finding a new home as there are several potions open at the moment and he’s had a pretty successful tenure in Los Angeles. He’s shown he can manage in a major market, under different ownership’s, with multiple high value contracts and varying personalities on his roster. He does receive some criticism however for his in game decision making.
The Dodgers for their part should have no problems filling the vacancy as the team is in a pretty good position to remain contenders and well, what’s not to love about L.A., am I right?
Thanks to @professormaddog31 for the tip!