Dodgers sign skipper Don Mattingly to three-year extension

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing of manager Don Mattingly to a three-year contract extension, ending months of speculation about his future with the team.

The new deal replaced the 2014 option that was automatically vested after Mattingly led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series.

Aside from general manager Ned Colletti confirming the deal, the Dodgers haven’t commented on the new contract, which came after talks for most of the offseason.

Mattingly entered last season a lame-duck manager after they declined to guarantee his 2014 option. Despite the odds, he led the Dodgers from last place to the greatest in-season comeback in franchise history.

“It puts me in a spot where everything I do is questioned, because I’m basically trying out, auditioning to say, ‘Can you manage a team or not manage?’” Mattingly then said. “It’s a tough spot. To me, it gets to that point where three years in, you either know or you don’t.”

Mattingly is 260-225 in three seasons with the Dodgers since taking over for Joe Torre. Last year, he took them from 12 games below .500 on June 21 to 28 games over by Sept. 23.

They finished 92-70, claimed the NL West title — their first in four years — by 11 games and played on until the Cardinals eliminated them in Game 6 of the NLCS.

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