Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – For leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to the NL Championship Series, the team will bring back manager Don Mattingly next season, according to a source.
The source added that the Dodgers will not make any formal announcement as of now to keep away distraction as they currently trail the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, in the best-of-seven series.
Earlier, club chairman Mark Walter told CBSSports.com that Mattingly had “done a good job” by getting his club into the second round of the postseason.
The 52-year-old Mattingly came to the Dodgers as a coach for then-manager Joe Torre and was given a three-year contract to manage the team after the latter stepped aside at the end of the 2010 season.
However, Mattingly’s future had been in somewhat in doubt ever since the end of last season when the club declined his request to have a 2014 option picked up.
This is the first year the Dodgers reached the postseason under Mattingly, whose only previous managing experience was one stint in the Arizona Fall League.
There were intense rumors of Mattingly’s imminent firing in May when the Dodgers and their $230 million payroll were in last place.
However, Mattingly steered the club put to the greatest in-season comeback in franchise history, winning 42 of 50 games at one point and going from last to runaway winners of the NL West.
The Dodgers then beat the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series, with Mattingly bringing back ace Clayton Kershaw on three days’ rest to start the clincher.
The Dodgers finished third and second in Mattingly’s first two seasons in charge. This year, new owners gave Mattingly an expensive and talented roster.