Tag:Don Mattingly
Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am

Girardi could get three-year deal

Joe Girardi
A couple of months ago, there were visions of Joe Girardi coming off another Yankees championship as a free agent and being tempted by several other high-profile managing jobs.

But the picture looks a lot different now. Girardi didn't earn another ring, and the jobs to which his name had been attached are now gone. The Cubs hired interim coach Mike Quade. The Dodgers hired Don Mattingly. The Cardinals re-upped Tony La Russa.

The New York Post says there will be no announcement of a contract extension for Girardi when he and general manager Brian Cashman are scheduled for a media post mortem of the season at Yankee Stadium. But that deal could be struck soon, and is likely to be for three years.

Also in question are the futures of several Yankees coaches, not because the Yankees don't want them back but because they could draw interest elsewhere. Hitting coach Kevin Long has had suitors in the past, and Dave Eiland could be recruited by several teams in the market for a pitching coach. Bench coach Tony Pena is supposedly a candidate for the Marlins' managerial job, but told the Post on Sunday he hadn't been contacted by the team, though they might just be giving Pena a cooling off period after the Yankees' ouster.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:45 pm

The race to be bench coach

Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell Now that Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson are settled in as permanent managers of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, respectively, it's time for both skippers to find a right-hand man.

Gibson appears to be locking into Alan Trammell as bench coach as the Arizona Republic reports. The two played together from 1983-1987, when Gibson was the right fielder, and remain good friends. When Trammell was named manager of Detroit in 2003, he tapped Gibson as bench coach (pictured). Now, it appears the two will reunite in Arizona, just in the opposite jobs.

Trammell is coming off four years as bench coach with the Cubs, but Mike Quade is expected to bring in his own man.

In other coaching news, the Diamondbacks will hire either ex-Rockies and Cubs manager Don Baylor or ex-hitting coach Rick Down to be hitting coach. Baylor has served as hitting coach as well and was recently replaced in Colorado by Carney Lansford in that role. Down has been hitting coach six times for five teams, including twice with the Yankees.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, ex-Royals manager Trey Hillman seems poised to become Don Mattingly's bench coach, as MLB.com reports . Hillman knows Mattingly from Hillman's time managing in the Yankees farm system from 1990-2001.

While L.A. has yet to make any announcements, preferring to wait until all coaches are in the fold, Rick Honeycutt is expected to return as pitching coach along with Ken Howell as bullpen coach. Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who lost out on the managerial gig to Mattingly, is interviewing for some positions as manager. If he doesn't nail any, he will become the third-base coach. Even if Wallach wins a manager job, Larry Bowa's time with the Dodgers is already assured to end.

There are three candidates to replace Mattingly as hitting coach: Jeff Pentland, Chili Davis and Manny Pota. Last is first-base coach as Mariano Duncan will not be returning, but there are no known candidates.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:58 pm

Mattingly had deal in place to take over Dodgers

Among the interesting subplots of the retirement of Joe Torre is the Dodgers' process for the hiring of Don Mattingly as his replacement.

According to Dyan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times , Mattingly had signed a deal before the season that guaranteed him the manager's job if Torre stepped down.

While teams are required to interview minority candidates. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal had two tweets that said this :
"Dodgers did not need to go thru interview process because they had been grooming Mattingly and were in constant communication w Selig's office. Mattingly was their guy. Dodgers have good track record of minority hiring. Search would have been contrived."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 3:08 pm

Torre to step down as Dodgers manager

Joe Torre Joe Torre has announced he will step down from being manager of the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reports .

The move will be effective at the end of the season, with Don Mattingly taking over as manager.

Torre is finishing up his third season with the Dodgers and has posted a 251-220 record. He guided the Dodgers to consecutive first-place finishes before stumbling to a current 72-75 record on the year.

Torre isn't calling it a career yet, however. Simply put, the soap opera dramatics surrounding owners Frank and Jamie McCourt in their contentious divorce have been a major distraction, and it is thought that Torre wants no part of it and of a team that has plans to reduce payroll despite somehow pledging to stay competitive.

Torre has a cumulative 2318-1990 record, skippering five teams. He oversaw the Mets from 1977-1981 with a 286-420 record. From 1982-1984, he had a 257-229 record with the Braves. After a six-year hiatus, he began 1990 as the Cardinals coach and stayed for six years, posting a 351-354 record. In 1996, he joined the Yankees, the stop he is most famous for. Torre had a 1,173-767 mark in the Big Apple, winning four World Series titles.

It is possible Torre will remain with the organization, but with a bevy of managerial jobs opening up, Torre could find himself helming another team in 2011.

Torre and Don Mattingly have been together the whole time in Los Angeles and part of Torre's New York tenure. Despite no managerial experience, Mattingly will take over the job despite reports that Triple-A manager Tim Wallach was the heavy favorite.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:02 pm

Dodgers bench coach doesn't see Torre returning

So, apparently Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer felt like talking when he appeared on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

Here's what he had to say, according to Bowden's Twitter account :

Bowden Tweet

Some interesting stuff -- it's not exactly Earth-shattering that he doesn't believe Joe Torre will return to the Dodgers next season.

As for his statement about Manny Ramirez, the numbers back him up -- in the first 27 games of 2009, Ramirez hit .348/.492/.641 with six homers and in the 77 after the 50-game suspension, he hit .269/.389/.492 with 13 home runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:19 am

Torre undecided on his future

Joe Torre Remember when Joe Torre said he'd announce his future by Labor Day?

You know what today is? Labor Day.

So, Joe, what's up?

He's not saying.

As the Dodgers flounder, Torre's keeping quiet, offering just a "no comment."

"Because you guys know how to ask those questions and get me to say something," Torre told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times ' Helene Elliott .

Yeah, kinda because that's part of the job?

"I know it is. That's why I say I can't fight you guys. Or try to get around you," Torre said. "The only way I can get around is this. You guys are good at what you do. In due time I'll make an announcement."

According to Elliott, the reason Torre hasn't made an announcement is that he hasn't made a decision. Don Mattingly, the team's hitting coach, tells her Torre hasn't given him any hints.

"He seems relaxed as ever," Mattingly said. "I know he gets frustrated with the way we've played. But he's no different than he has been all the years I've been with him. He's solid all the time."

Said third base coach Larry Bowa, "If he doesn't come back, he's not retiring. I'm not saying he's going to manager, but he'll do something. He's got too much energy. He likes to do things."

Torre, 70, will be a free agent after the season and the Dodgers are going through the messy McCourt divorce, which seems like it'll handcuff the team during free agency season. It's far from a dream situation, but it seems the ball is in Torre's court and he doesn't seem too interested in making a move quite yet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 2:36 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 3:45 pm

Wallach emerging as favorite to take over Dodgers

Tim Wallach The long-standing assumption in Los Angeles has been that Joe Torre's successor as skipper would be Don Mattingly.

Not so fast.

USA Today 's Bob Nightengale says that Tim Wallach "is looming as favorite."

Wallach is currently the Triple-A manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes, his second season at the helm. He was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year last season, when the Isotopes went 80-64, finishing in first place 11 games up.

It's unclear why Wallach is considered the favorite, although the knock against Mattingly is he has yet to manage a minor- or major-league team. The former Yankee great will skipper an Arizona Fall League team in the fall, but that's only a brief assignment. In Mattingly's favor is the fact the Dodgers requested he accept the assignment, presumably to get a look at his managerial skills. Not in his favor is the fact he made a crucial error as acting manager in July, causing the Dodgers to drop a game to the Giants.

Wallach, meanwhile, has plenty of managerial experience. The 52-year-old also served as the team's hitting coach from 2004-05 under Jim Tracy, and has additional managerial experience at the lower rungs of the minors with the Dodgers, Angels and also served as manager at alma mater Cal State Fullerton.

Wallach was one of the more well-known players during the 1980s, grabbing five All-Star honors in a 17-year career ending in 1996. He spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos, but was a Dodger by the time the Expos had a dominant season in the strike-shortened 1994 season. He accumulated 2,085 total hits and 260 home runs.

Torre may return to the Dodgers, but many expect him to leave. He is a free agent and may be out of the Dodgers' price range, and may not want to return even if the price is right. The team has cut spending drastically as the team is a hot commodity in the divorce proceedings of Frank McCourt and wife Jamie.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 9:39 pm

Broxton should have faced Torres, officials say

Don Mattingly In Tuesday night's game, hitting coach Don Mattingly was standing in for manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer, who had been ejected from the game.

In the ninth inning, Mattingly visited pitcher Jonathan Broxton on the mound after walking Aubrey Huff. Mattingly then turned to go back to the bench before turning around to speak to first baseman James Loney, inadvertently making two trips to the mound even as home plate umpire Adrian Johnson yelled "No, no, no."

If a coach visits the mound for the same pitcher twice, the pitcher must be removed from the game, according to rule 8.06 (b). The umpires forced Broxton from the game, making George Sherrill come in and give up a two-run double to Andres Torres that won the game for the Giants.

However, the umpires erred in the ruling, league officials told the San Francisco Chronicle . There is an additional comment about the rule stating that if the manager makes two trips with the same batter at the plate, the manager must be ejected and the pitcher forced to face the batter before also being removed from the game.

This rule is in place to prevent a manager from getting a pitching matchup in his favor. If a new pitcher comes into the game, the opposing team is allowed to pinch-hit and the new pitcher must face the batter -- the manager who brought in the pitcher cannot bring in a new pitcher who may be better suited to getting the pinch-hitter out. The additional comment of rule 8.06 (b) of ejecting the manager (provided the manager has been warned about his possible ejection) and forcing the pitcher to face the batter is to ensure the defense's manager cannot pull such a tactic if a pinch-hitter is inserted.

Therefore, the umpires forced Broxton to face Torres, which the Dodgers certainly would have preferred instead of Sherrill having to come into the game. Mattingly, on the other hand, would have been allowed to remain in the game as there was not ample warning by the umpire as to the rule.

However, there is no recourse as the Dodgers did not lodge a protest as to the decision. The issue is over, and the umpires have been informed of the mistake.

-- Evan Brunell

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