Don Mattingly

October 22, 2013 by  

Don Mattingly, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Monday that his 2014 contract option vested with a first-round playoff victory over the Atlanta Braves but that he remains unsure of whether he’ll be back with the team next season.

Mattingly said he felt the organization put him in a difficult position in the Dodgers’ clubhouse by making him manage this past season in the final year of his contract.

“When you’re put in this situation, the organization basically says, ‘We don’t know if you can manage or not,'” Mattingly said. “So, that’s the position I’ve been in all season long, so that’s not a great position for me as a manager. That’s the way it is, that’s the way the organization wanted it last year, that’s fine.”

Mattingly’s option, reportedly worth $1.4 million, would put him in line to return, but the team has made no announcement about his future. A team source indicated last week that Mattingly would return, but after Mattingly’s comments, that might not happen unless the sides can work out a multiyear deal.

General manager Ned Colletti said the issue will be “resolved very quickly” and voiced support for Mattingly.

“I have tremendous confidence and faith in this guy,” Colletti said.

But the decision ultimately figures to be in the hands of team president Stan Kasten and the ownership group.

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