Don Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, is denying a report that his client told the Yankees he wasn’t ready to manage. The story was initially in the Star-Ledger of New Jersey.
“It’s not true,” Schulte said. “I talked to Don and he has no idea where that came from.”
Schulte said Mattingly wants Joe Torre to return. But if not, he is prepared to manage the team.
Mattingly made it clear last week that he wanted to manage. But he also said in strong terms that replacing Torre under these circumstances was not what he wanted. “It’s a no-win situation,” he said.
It’s anybody’s guess as to what is going on behind the scenes. But I’m sure Mattingly and many of the players have told the Yankees they want Torre back.
Schulte also released this statement:
“Please be advised that recent reports my client informed the Yankees that he is not ready to manage and uncomfortable replacing Joe Torre is completely false, totally fabricated and took Don completely by surprise. The Yankees are currently meeting in Tampa to discuss future organizational plans. If and when a decision is made concerning Joe’s future Don will respond, at that time. In the meantime, he wants what is best for Joe and the Yankee organization!”