Derek Jeter says Don Mattingly to remain as Marlins manager
Usually when teams enter a new era of management, a lot of turnover occurs. A new general manager almost always leads to a new coach.
Given how the 2018 season has went for the rebuilding Marlins, it would not come as a surprise to see the team look for a new manager. However Marlins CEO Derek Jeter made it known to reporters before Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds that Don Mattingly will remain as manager.
“He’s under contract, yeah,” Jeter said. “Did he say something? Is he going somewhere?”
Humorous responses aside, Mattingly has one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed under Jeffery Loria’s reign as owner. The Marlins have gone 215-259 under Mattingly, missing the playoffs each season.
The Marlins haven’t been back to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003 and their last winning season was in 2009, when current third base coach Freddie Gonzalez was the team manager.
There was an understanding going into this season that it was going to be about restocking the organization and developing the young players to form a core similar to what teams like the New York Yankees currently have. Which, as Jeter said, is “going to take some time.”
“The one thing you can count on with Derek is that what he says, he’s going to do,” Mattingly said. “He talked about building the minor league system, building this thing the right way. I don’t think there’s one thing he talked about publicly that he hasn’t backed up with his actions. You trust what he says and what he’s going to do.”
“I’ve been preaching patience,” Jeter. “I’ve been finding I don’t have much of it. But we’re making progress and we’re taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I’d like for it to happen overnight.”
One can expect a busy offseason by the Marlins season, which would include a shakeup in the coaching staff and 40-man roster. One of the major free agent targets is Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa and the Marlins have stocked up in international pool money to make the move.
“It’s a priority for us,” Jeter said. “We’ve acquired some (international pool) money through trades. We’ll continue to do that. That’s a big area of growth for us as an organization.”
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