The Toronto Blue Jays announced Wednesday that Don Mattingly will be their new bench coach.
Mattingly managed the Miami Marlins from 2016 until they parted ways at the end of last season.
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During his tenure with the Marlins, who always had one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, they made the postseason just once, and that was during the expanded postseason in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Mattingly was named the National League Manager of the Year that season.
Mattingly went 443-587 in his seven seasons (.430) in Miami. While managing the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011 to 2015, he went 446-363 (.551), winning the NL East in his last three seasons.
“It was great getting to know Don throughout this process, and we’re very excited about the experience he brings with him from the variety of roles he’s had over the years.” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said. “The organization and I look forward to its impact on players and staff as we look ahead to an exciting 2023 season.”
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The Blue Jays were set to take a big step forward this season after winning 91 games in 2021. However, in the midst of a disappointing first half, they fired manager Charlie Montoyo on July 13 with their record going 47-42. After the layoff, they went 46-28 the rest of the way under then-interim manager Schneider en route to a 92-70 record. However, they were swept in the American League Wild Card Round by the Seattle Mariners. After the season, Schneider signed a three-year deal with a fourth-year option.
“Donnie Baseball” spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees, with whom he was a six-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger, 1984 batting champion and 1985 MVP.
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He was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2004 to 2006 and was their bench coach in 2007 before moving to Los Angeles to serve as their hitting coach for three seasons before becoming their manager.