Don Mattingly Unsure If He’ll Return to Dodgers
(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly is unsure whether he’ll return to the team in 2014.
Mattingly had his 2014 option picked up after the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, but Mattingly says the organization put him in a difficult position this season by making him manage in the final year of his contract.
“When you’re put in this situation, the organization basically says, ‘We don’t know if you can manage or not,'” Mattingly said. “So, that’s the position I’ve been in all season long, so that’s not a great position for me as a manager. That’s the way it is, that’s the way the organization wanted it last year, that’s fine.”
The 2014 option is reportedly worth $1.4 million, but Mattingly may not return to the Dodgers unless a multiyear deal can be negotiated.
The Dodgers are 260-225 with one playoff appearance in three years under Mattingly, including last week’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League championship series.
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