Fed up with a string of postseason failures even after winning three consecutive National League West titles, the Los Angeles Dodgers have parted ways with manager Don Mattingly, the Los Angeles Times confirmed today.
During the past three seasons, the Dodgers — who have the biggest payroll in baseball — were eliminated from the playoffs twice in the NL Division Series and once in the League Championship Series. They most recently fell to the Mets in five games in the NLDS.
In Mattingly’s five seasons as manager, the Dodgers went 446-363, a .551 winning percentage. Mattingly, nicknamed “The Hit Man” and “Donnie Baseball” during his playing career, is a longtime New York Yankee who won the American League MVP in 1985 and the AL batting title in 1984.
“A person with knowledge of negotiations between the Dodgers and Mattingly, who still had one year remaining on his contract, said the parting was amicable and mutual,” the Times reports.
The report adds: “Mattingly wishes to continue managing, a person close to him said Thursday morning. The Miami Marlins are looking for a manager and are known to be interested. The San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners also have managing vacancies.”