Don Mattingly confirms he and Dodgers are discussing new contract, finishes second in Manager of the Year vote.


Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly finished second in National League Manager of the Year voting. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Don Mattingly took advantage of his 15 minutes of fame Tuesday to confirm that he and the Dodgers are discussing a new contract.

“We’re in talks right now and things are going good,” Mattingly told the MLB Network. He added that there is no rush to complete a deal.

Talks began shortly after Mattingly said in an awkward season-ending press conference that he didn’t want to return in 2014 on a one-year contract. His current contract expires after next season.

The occasion of the interview was somewhat bittersweet. Mattingly was on television just before the National League Manager of the Year announcement. That award went to Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle, who collected 25 of the 30 first-place votes.

Mattingly finished second, with two first-place votes, 17 second-place votes, and seven third-place votes. Hurdle was listed second on five ballots. Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez finished third and St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny fourth.

The two writers who listed Mattingly first on their ballots were Dennis Deitch of the Delaware Co. Daily Times (Philadelphia chapter) and Katsushi Nagao of the Kyodo News (Chicago chapter). Three voters (Bill Evans, South Jersey Times; Craig Davis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal) left Mattingly off their ballots entirely.

The Dodgers haven’t had a manager of the year winner since Tommy Lasorda in 1988. Voting was conducted during the regular season.

Here’s how the votes scored out, courtesy of the BBWAA:

Manager, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Clint Hurdle, Pirates 25 5 140
Don Mattingly, Dodgers 2 17 7 68
Fredi Gonzalez, Braves 3 4 16 43
Mike Matheny, Cardinals 4 7 19

And here are how the 30 individual voters voted:

Name Affiliation Chapter 1st 2nd 3rd
Kevin Kernan New York Post ATL* Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
John Harper New York Daily News ATL* Hurdle Matheny Mattingly
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY AZ Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Dan Bickley Arizona Republic AZ Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Toni Ginnetti Chicago Sun-Times CHI Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Katsushi Nagao Kyodo News CHI Mattingly Hurdle Gonzalez
John Erardi Cincinnati Enquirer CIN Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
John Fay Cincinnati Enquirer CIN Hurdle Mattingly Matheny
Troy E. Renck Denver Post COL Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Tracy Ringolsby At Large COL Hurdle Matheny Mattingly
Hirokazu Higuchi Chunichi Shimbun LA Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Hideki Okuda Sports Nippon Newspaper LA Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Jorge Ebro El Nuevo Herald MIA Gonzalez Hurdle Mattingly
Craig Davis South Florida Sun Sentinel MIA Hurdle Gonzalez Matheny
Tom Haudricourt Milwaukee Journal Sentinel MIL Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Todd Rosiak Milwaukee Journal Sentinel MIL Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Jared Diamond The Wall Street Journal NY Hurdle Matheny Gonzalez
Dan Martin New York Post NY Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Dennis Deitch Delaware Co. Daily Times PHI Mattingly Hurdle Gonzalez
Bill Evans South Jersey Times PHI Hurdle Gonzalez Matheny
Dejan Kovacevic Pittsburgh Tribune-Review PIT Hurdle Gonzalez Mattingly
Michael Sanserino Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PIT Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Tom Krasovic U-T San Diego SD Hurdle Mattingly Gonzalez
Jay Paris U-T San Diego SD Hurdle Mattingly Matheny
Tim Kawakami San Jose Mercury News SF Hurdle Mattingly Matheny
Monte Poole Oakland Tribune SF Gonzalez Hurdle Mattingly
Joe Ostermeier Honorary STL Hurdle Mattingly Matheny
Tom Timmermann St. Louis Post-Dispatch STL Hurdle Gonzalez Mattingly
Paul White USA Today WAS Gonzalez Hurdle Matheny
Brian McNally Washington Times WAS Hurdle Matheny Mattingly


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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.