Wednesday, October 23, 2013

According to agent, Mattingly will be back

Whether it be for one year or beyond, the agent for Don Mattingly, Ray Schulte, said his client will indeed be back for the 2014 season.

Now it's up to the Dodgers to decide if Donnie Baseball will get his wish and not be a "lame-duck" manager with a one-year contract.

This news is a bit surprising to me, as the joint press conference Mattingly held with Ned Colletti on Monday sure seemed to suggest that both sides would split.  Maybe a couple of days off has led to cooler heads, so a solution should come soon.

The Dodgers have said that no decision will be announced until after that World Series.  That may be because Bug Selig prefers to hold off on such announcements so the attention isn't shifted away from the Fall Classic.  Remember when news leaked a few years ago that Alex Rodriguez was opting out of his Yankees' contract (only to sign that horrible 10-year deal with them soon after) during the Series?  That was awful timing.

I'm hoping there's a good solution to this, as Mattingly deserves more time in LA after leading the Dodgers to an NL West title and a trip to the NLCS.  Plus, he did it without Matt Kemp for much of the season, along with the long list of other injuries he's had to get through from stars like Hanley Ramirez and Zack Greinke.

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