During the offseason, the Miami Marlins will be looking for a new coach. On Sunday, the team announced that manager Don Mattingly would retire at the end of the current season. First reported about it Craig Mish and Jordan MacPherson from the Miami Herald.
“Today I am announcing that I will not seek a contract extension with the Miami Marlins. This is stated in Mattingly’s statement. “After meeting with [owner Bruce Sherman] and discussing with [GM] Kim Eun, all parties have agreed that it is time for a new voice in the organization.”
Mattingly, 61, has been managing the Marlins since 2016 and is the longest-serving manager in franchise history. He has a record of 437-583 over seven seasons and has never finished first in the National League East. The Marlins once made the playoffs during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. They defeated the Chicago Cubs in a wildcard game but then lost in the NLDS to the Atlanta Braves. This amazing 2020 campaign was the first time the Marlins made the playoffs in 16 years, and earned Mattingly the NL Manager of the Year award.
The Marlins are on track to finish fourth in the NL East this season and have already been eliminated in the playoffs.
Mattingly’s managerial career
Mattingly has been managing and coaching since 2004, just under a decade after he retired from his 14-year career as a baseman for the New York Yankees. He began his coaching career with the Yankees when then-manager Joe Torre hired him to join his coaching staff. When Torre moved to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the 2007 season, Mattingly became part of his coaching staff in Los Angeles (after being passed over for a Yankees executive job).
When Torre stepped down as Dodgers manager in 2010, Mattingly was announced as his successor. Although the Dodgers did not make the playoffs in his first two seasons, they did in 2013, 2014, and 2015. At the time, he was the first manager to lead the Dodgers to three straight playoff games.
Mattingly signed a four-year contract to manage the Marlins after the 2015 season, when he and the Dodgers mutually agreed to part ways after another early-round playoff exit. And he’s been living in Miami ever since, quietly managing one of baseball’s ever-changing teams.
Whether Mattingly wants to continue managing the club is unknown, but he is expected to speak about his plans for the future after Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals.