Don Mattingly will return to Manage Marlins in 2018

The Miami Marlins have announced that Don Mattingly will return as manager of the franchise in 2018. The news doesn’t come as a surprise as it is ending some rumors the team may go in a different direction next season. While the uniform will be the same, chances are that Mattingly will be managing a much different team.

Giancarlo Stanton has been oft discussed in trade rumors and recently, fellow outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna have drawn interest, as well.

Mattingly has managed the Marlins for two seasons, compiling a 156-167 record during that time. In 2017, Miami finished 20 games behind the National League East champion Washington Nationals, and the Marlins missed a wild-card berth by 10 games.

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Prior to his tenure in Miami, Mattingly managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for five seasons, going 446-363 with three NL West titles.

Mattingly will attempt to take a roster that could look considerably different next year and make it a playoff-contender. The news Jeter may shop Giancarlo Stanton and or Marcell Ozuna could make this coming season Mattingly’s biggest challenge.

“It has been a long season,” Jeter told reporters. “I told him to get out of here and go enjoy himself and get back to his family. We’ll sit down when the time is right and evaluate everyone.”

Mattingly still has two more years left on his current deal with the Marlins, but the team’s change in ownership raised some doubt about whether he’d remain at the post.

Derek Jeter, who is among Miami’s new owners, declined to offer a firm commitment as to whether Mattingly would return when asked about the manager in October.

Mattingly and Jeter played together during Jeter’s rookie season with the New York Yankees in 1995.

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