The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have decided to part ways.
The decision is mutual, according to Jon Heyman. Mattingly was well-liked by the front office and Mattingly believes that he was treated well, but long-term support wasn’t there.
“I can’t sit here and say I’m just bubbling over,” Mattingly said. “There are a lot of emotions that go into this, a lot of discussion, a lot of talk, but it gets back around to the same thing as we kept talking and going over it. We all came to the same conclusion. This is best for both parties.”
Mattingly had one year on his contract. ESPN reports that Mattingly was offered a contract extension over the weekend, but he preferred to move on. After year’s of uncertainty about the Dodgers’ commitment to him, Mattingly decided it was time to move on. He felt uncomfortable managing with a new front office that didn’t hire him.
Mattingly led the Dodgers to three division titles and three early playoff exits. The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball in 2015 and were a first round exit against the NL Champion New York Mets. Reports circulated that Mattingly needed to show playoff success with the Dodgers in order to keep his job.
There are three managerial jobs open. Of those, the Marlins have already expressed interest in Mattingly for their manager opening.
Many would blame the Dodgers’ front office for not being aggressive at the trade deadline for this season’s early exit. However, the Dodger fan base has been frustrated with Mattingly and the early postseason exits.
Mattingly had a 446-361 record as Dodgers manager after taking over for Joe Torre.