The Yankees got the manager they wanted when Joe Girardi agreed to a new four-year deal last week. But before the deal was done, speculation swirled about whether Girardi might prefer Chicago or possibly a broadcasting gig. In that temporary uncertainty, Don Mattingly’s name was once again brought into the mix as a speculative managerial candidate should Girardi land elsewhere.
Turns out, that fall-back plan wouldn’t have worked.
The Dodgers have decided to pick up their team option to keep Mattingly as their manager next season. The wildly popular former Yankees first baseman came under heavy scrutiny when L.A. got off to a slow start this season, and there seemed to be some who wondered if a postseason stint short of the World Series might be enough to leave Mattingly looking for a new job.
It won’t. Girardi is staying in New York, and Mattingly is staying in Los Angeles.