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Marlins’ Don Mattingly won’t return as manager for 2023 season

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Don Mattingly, the longest-serving manager in Miami Marlins franchise history, will not be returning for the 2023 MLB season. Mattingly and the Marlins agreed to part ways at the end of the season. Mattingly and Marlins owner Bruce Sherman released the following statements:

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Mattingly, 61, has spent the last seven seasons at the helm in Miami. He hit a 437-583 (0.428 win percentage) record with just one playoff berth in a pandemic-altered 2020 season.

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The Marlins entered this spring with high hopes stemming from an active winter and a promising rotation. Instead, they go into the final stretch of the season with a 63-89 record, which puts them closer to the bottom-placed Washington Nationals than the third Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins had a particularly bad offense. They entered Sunday ranked 27th in the majors by scoring and 25th in wRC+, a metric posted on FanGraphs that adjusts for estimated level and other variables.

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It would be unfair to put all the blame on Mattingly – after all, he did not make up the squad. However, managers are praised when their teams are performing better and blamed when their teams are underperforming. This is the case of the last scenario.

Mattingly spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before taking the reins in Miami. He had more success there, winning 55.1 percent of his regular season competition and leading the Dodgers to three straight playoffs. Andrew Friedman, who took over the front office after the 2014 season, nevertheless decided to leave Mattingly in favor of Dave Roberts.

The Marlins have rarely been as patient with a coach as they were with Mattingly. Indeed, he is the only skipper in franchise history to have managed part of five seasons. He is also the only one to have played 600 games – on Sunday he has 1020 games. (Fredy Gonzalez, runner-up, scored 555 points.)

The Marlins will be one of at least several teams looking for a new skipper this offseason. The Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Philadelphia Phillies all fired their managers during the season. The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals could also make changes in the offseason.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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