Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season.
“I always thought that,” team President Stan Kasten said. “Absolutely.”
Kasten’s comments were made Wednesday after Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, said Mattingly intended to honor his contract.
Yet there’s no news about any possible extension, and Mattingly seemed pretty certain that he had no intention of returning as a “lame duck,” so I’m not sure if this is so much news as it is public posturing, or at least both sides trying to repair the republic relations damage that had been done this week. As I said earlier, the firing of Trey Hillman while the other coaches were retained didn’t exactly seem like the actions of a team setting up for a new manager, but it’s not like many of their other actions screamed “he’s staying.” So until we have a more solid answer, I consider this matter open… and frustrating.