Marlins reportedly meet with Mattingly, talk managerial opening
Don Mattingly might not be on the sideline for long.
Mattingly interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial job Monday, four days after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the interview to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins declined to comment.
MLB.com Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro first reported the meeting Monday morning.
The Dodgers and Mattingly agreed Thursday to part ways. Los Angeles was 446-363 in five years under Mattingly and won the NL West each of the past three years, but he went 8-11 in the postseason.
The Dodgers have not reached the World Series since winning the title in 1988, and they lost to the New York Mets this year in the NL Division Series.
Mattingly left with one year remaining on his contract and said he still wants to manage. The former Yankees star is a favorite of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, a New Yorker.
Other candidates who have been interviewed by the Marlins include former major league managers Manny Acta, Larry Bowa and Bo Porter. The next manager will be Loria’s seventh since June 2010.
The Marlins are searching to replace Dan Jennings, who is expected to return to his former job as general manager. Jennings made the unusual move from GM to manager when Loria fired Mike Redmond after a 16-22 start. But the Marlins have yet to publicly name Jennings GM and FOX Sports MLB Insider Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday that Jennings is not currently coming to the office at Marlins Park, interviewing managerial candidates or functioning as the general manager.
The change failed to spark a turnaround, and the injury-riddled Marlins finished 71-91, their sixth consecutive losing season.
In the past three seasons the Dodgers have spent more money than any NL team, and Mattingly would have a smaller payroll in Miami. The Marlins ranked next to last in the majors in 2015 at $69 million, and little change is expected.
The Dodgers’ payroll this year was $270 million.