Bud Black and Don Mattingly might be managing in the same division again when the 2016 season starts. Just don’t expect either the Washington Nationals or Miami Marlins to make this official before the World Series is over.
Meanwhile, the Padres are reportedly set to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their manager.
Mattingly reportedly interviewed for the Marlins’ job on Monday, though he had been linked to the job in reports since early September. At the time, the Dodgers were in the middle of a critical series against the San Francisco Giants, and there wasn’t much Mattingly could say.
“I’m not worried about anything as far as that goes,” he said. “I’m happy here. I feel like I’m a Dodger.”
That changed last Thursday, when Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually agreed to forego the final year of his contract. It is unknown how much of Mattingly’s 2016 salary, if any, will be paid by the Dodgers.
Once the three hires are announced, the Dodgers will be the only MLB team without a manager.
“I am not a candidate,” Hinch told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel. “I’m an Astro. I’m proud to be here. Jeff Luhnow, the GM here, Jim Crane, our owner, have been terrific to me. I’ve got this second chance here, they hired me last offseason to do a job and I’m completely content being here. Obviously I have great friends throughout the industry — [Dodgers executive] Josh Byrnes, the one who started me off with this managerial track in Arizona — so I have great respect. They are going to hire a great guy. It’s not going to be me.”
Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler is the top candidate to replace Mattingly. Dodgers third base coach Ron Roenicke and Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez are also among the favorites. Formal interviews haven’t begun.
In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of becoming the Marlins’ next manager (maybe someday he can tell Patrick they’re not the “Florida” Marlins anymore), Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, what went wrong this year for the Dodgers, and a variety of other topics he didn’t cover in his post-mutual-parting press conference.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said today that he didn’t want to get into specifics about the decision to part ways with Don Mattingly. You can hear that at the 1:22 mark of this video courtesy of SportsNet LA, then over and over again, about 40 different ways, over the final 36-plus minutes:
There are some useful nuggets of information in there, but there are also a lot of non-useful questions and answers to filter through. I’ll distill it into a story shortly.