Don Mattingly will not be coaching the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2016 season. The team has reportedly parted ways with Mattingly, citing mutual disinterest in managing the team next year.
Mattingly, according to sources, received a contract offer from the team last week. But Mattingly did not want anything to do with returning to the team. Mattingly has been criticized the past 5 years in LA for never reaching a World Series, despite having the highest payroll in the MLB.
Mattingly should land another managing spot, with teams like the Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres having open spots. It would make for an interesting rivalry if Mattingly stayed in the National League West division by winding up with the Padres.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, are the 5th MLB team with an opening. One option that I’m sure a lot of Dodgers’ fans can appreciate, is Dusty Baker. Baker is a former Dodger, and has tons of managing experience. Another intriguing candidate would be Dave Martinez, the current Chicago Cubs bench coach. Martinez has worked for LA’s President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, back when Friedman was with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Whoever the Dodgers select, the team will still have World Series expectations. Depending on how the offseason goes for LA, a multitude of scenarios could play out next season. The one thing the front office can do right now is find a solid manager that can get more out of his players. This is the first of many crucial decisions for the Dodgers.