The Miami Marlins have reportedly hired Don Mattingly to be their new manager.
Mattingly, who parted ways with the Los Angeles Dodgers a week ago, has agreed to a four year deal to manage the club.
All I can say is good luck. It’s not that the Marlins lack talent. They’ve got an abundance of it with the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Justin Bour, Dee Gordon, Adeiny Hechevarria and Christian Yelich. The problem is that Jeffrey Loria is the boss. Mattingly is the Marlins’ eighth manager since 2010. In 2015, the Marlins had two managers — Mike Redmond and Dan Jennings. Redmond was fired in mid-May. While I agreed with the firing, the Marlins inexplicably replaced him with Jennings, the team’s GM who only coached high school baseball 30 years ago. The Marlins finished 19 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East this season.
Hopefully Mattingly will have a little more room with which to work as he did guide the Dodgers to three straight NL West titles but never reached the World Series. But patience has never been one of Loria’s virtues. Still, I would be shocked if the Marlins weren’t a better team in 2016 with Donnie Baseball in the dugout.
UPDATE: Dan Jennings has now been fired as GM. Given that Jennings didn’t even get to speak to Mattingly this is hardly a surprise. Still, I feel sorry for Jennings. Loria asks him to do an impossible job, then says he can return to his old job only to fire him. Mattingly might be Loria’s Golden Boy at the moment. But the minute that shine dims life Loria is going to make things miserable for Mattingly. Working for the Yankees and the Dodgers will seem like a breeze by comparison.
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