Don Mattingly will continue to serve as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the foreseeable future after he and the team agreed to a new three year contract extension. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed, but an official announcement is expected to come later in the week from the team according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.
Mattingly had been expected to earn $1.4 Million for the 2014 season, thanks to a vesting option in his previous contract that kicked in when the team defeated the Atlanta Braves during last year’s NLDS.
With the Dodgers struggling by late June, questions had already begun about Mattingly’s future with the team last season. Reports began to circulate that the organization wasn’t pleased with how he was running the clubhouse and his days with the Dodgers could be numbered. The organization elected not to make a move in-season and on June 21st the team rallied to go on a 42-8 run over their next 50 games. They’d finish the year with an 11 game lead in the NL West before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Mattingly spoke candidly following the series about his desire to remain in Los Angeles, despite the lack of security that he held with just the one year remaining on his contract.
In his three seasons with the team, Mattingly is 260-225 with the division title coming this past season.