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:
|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:
|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|
|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|