The Los Angeles Dodgers need a new manager. Now former manager Don Mattingly and the team have parted ways in what seems to have been a mutual decision. In a statement, Mattingly said,
"After meeting with Andrew, Farhan [Zaidi] and Josh [Byrnes], we all felt that a fresh start would be good for both the organization and me. We talked about several scenarios, including my returning in 2016. However, I believe this is the right time and right move for both parties. "
By no means did Mattingly have a horrible tenure in his five years in Los Angeles, it just wasn't what the Dodgers were looking for. Mattingly had a .551 winning percentage while with LA and won the NL West three times.
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His shortcomings came in not making the World Series even once. The Dodgers are a championship caliber team without a doubt. They have a $300 million dollar payroll with not one, but two aces at their disposal. Add in veteran superstars like Adrain Gonzalez and Jimmy Rollins with young phenoms like Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig, there is no excuse for not making the World Series.
It isn't that the Dodgers never put up a fight, they always fight till they are out, but it isn't enough to just make the playoffs, making the playoffs needs to lead somewhere substantial.
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The Dodgers management still does not undervalue what Mattingly brought and gave to the team as president of baseball operations said in his statement,
"I have the utmost respect for Donnie and thoroughly enjoyed working with him this past season. I want to thank him for his hard work and collaboration, as well as his accomplishments, including three consecutive National League West titles. I wish him nothing but success in the future."
Fortunately for Mattingly he is leaving LA in good spirits. There is no bitter feud with the front office following him around and any teams looking for a manager would be lucky to have him.
Some NL East teams may see Mattingly in the opposing dugout next season as Washington recently fired Matt Williams, and the Miami Marlins have expressed interest in the veteran skipper as well.
For the Dodgers, they need to look for someone who can produce more than just division titles when at the helm of a $300 million team.
The gambling website BookMaker Sportsbook named Bud Black as a frontrunner for the position.
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