Earlier this week, the Dodgers announced the the options for pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Tim Wallach and Davey Lopes were picked exercised for 2014.
Hitting coach Mark McGwire, former big league slugger, was already under contract for 2014, indicating he will return as well. This move by the Dodgers is “an apparent indication” they want manager Don Mattingly to return in 2014, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles struggled out of the gates, but made a roaring comeback in the season’s second half, charging to a National League West title en route to the National League Championship Series, where they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.
Managing in the final year of his three-year deal, Mattingly was left in an uncertain state, with the Dodgers failing to pick up his option for 2014 during the season. In a recent press conference, he expressed his displeasure of how things were handled, leaving many to wonder whether or not he will return to the Dodgers next season.
“It puts me in a spot that everything I do is questioned because I’m basically trying out and auditioning, can you manage or can’t you manage? That’s not a great position for me as a manager.”