The Dodgers have extended manager Don Mattingly until 2016 after a long, and sometimes publicly heated, period of negotiations with him, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
The team is expected to announce the extension later this week.
Mattingly was already under contract for the 2014 season. Exact terms of the extension were unknown, although sources told ESPN that it covers the next three seasons.
I’ve long been critical of his managerial game-decisions, but I’ve also grown to like him in terms of how he handles the clubhouse and the media. With the team’s high expectations and slow start in 2013, along with the drama of Yasiel Puig and friends thrown into the mix, the clubhouse could have easily collapsed under the intense scrutiny, but there weren’t any serious internal issues that came to light.
Given the unfortunate reality that there’s no realistic alternative to Mattingly and that nobody has been able to suggest a superior strategic upgrade, I fail to see how this extension is anything but a positive.
The deal secures Mattingly’s authority, keeps him happy, and gives the players a sense of job security with their manager. But it also doesn’t affect the reality that he could be fired at any time if the team doesn’t perform. Whatever the monetary buyout is, I doubt it would be a limiting factor for this ownership if the team implodes under Mattingly’s guidance.
Honestly, I felt this was a move they HAD to make, and they got it done.
Some of you have been wondering where I’ve been. Well: 1) it’s been slow as hell anyway 2) I’ve been feeling sick after New Year’s Day, and I still am so don’t expect a surge of activity 3) I’m working on a new project that I’ll let you guys know about before the month is up.
Anyway, hope you guys had an awesome holiday season.