The news just keeps coming today. Here’s the latest statement from Don Mattingly’s agent:
“Today Brian Cashman reached out to Don Mattingly and expressed the New York Yankees interest in Don becoming a candidate for the current managerial position. Don confirmed his interest and will travel to Tampa early next week to meet with Yankee ownership. No other details are available tonight.”
You would have to think that meeting with the Tampa Trio is one of the final steps in the process. The fact that Mattingly will be in Florida next week is a sign that he could well be the choice.
As I’ve written before, I can’t believe that Mattingly would have left his comfortable retirement to be a coach for four seasons without some sort of promise that he would become manager when Joe Torre left.
Maybe it was just a handshake deal with Big Stein. But Donnie Baseball didn’t just put in four years on a hunch. He made roughly $30 million as a player, he didn’t need the money.