Don Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, just released this statement:
â€œDon was extremely disappointed to learn today that he wasnâ€™t the organizations choice to fill the managerial vacancy. Instead, he was informed the organization offered the position to Joe Giradi.
Don feels both Joe and Tony Pena represent true professionalism both on and off the field and he was honored to be among them as candidates for the managerial position. Don extends congratulations to Joe and wishes him and the organization good luck next year!
Today is a very difficult day because managing the Yankees was Donâ€™s aspiration and goal since becoming the hitting coach four years ago. Even though this opportunity has passed him by he wants to thank Mr. Steinbrenner for his initial faith, inspiration and support throughout his playing and coaching career.
Don will use this time to reflect on this experience while considering future family and career options. In the meantime, he did inform the Yankeeâ€™s that given the circumstances he wonâ€™t accept a coaching position within the organization during 2008.”