Ichiro Suzuki was Kenta Maeda’s favorite player growing up; tomorrow they can face each other for the first time.
Nicolino, 24, made four starts at Triple-A this year. This will be his 2016 debut. In 12 games last year Nicolino went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which Nicolino allowed five runs in four innings.
DENVER — The Dodgers are flying home tonight and Don Mattingly will be waiting for them. The Miami Marlins visit Dodger Stadium for a four-game series beginning Monday, Mattingly’s only visit to Los Angeles this year with his new club.
I asked some players to weigh in on the topic of Mattingly’s reception today. Now it’s your turn.
Whether you’re going to one of the games, or just imagining yourself in your favorite seat, how will you receive Mattingly?
Bundy was the Dodgers’ third base coach from the beginning of the 2013 season until August of this year, when Ron Roenicke took over and Bundy was shifted to outfield coordinator duties. After the season Bundy, 56, managed Navojoa of the Mexican League until he was fired in November. He was the Marlins’ bench coach in 1998, a team that was notable for briefly employing Mike Piazza and becoming the first defending World Series champion to finish last in its division.
Wallach, 58, was the Dodgers’ third base coach from 2011-13 and Mattingly’s bench coach the last two seasons. He interviewed for the manager’s job that ultimately went to Dave Roberts.
Mattingly had mentioned at his introductory press conference in Miami last month that he expected Wallach to join him.
He did not mention Barry Bonds, who will steal the headlines nationally for being named the Marlins’ hitting coach.
"Don Mattingly is the one who sealed the deal," Bonds said. "I wanted to make sure it was something Donnie wanted." #Marlins
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) December 4, 2015
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.
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.