Joe Torre Out? [Updated]
The Dodgers have announced that current hitting coach Don Mattingly will be the next Dodger manager replacing Joe Torre after this season.
“The opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers is truly an honor,” said Mattingly in a Dodger press release. “There are few organizations in the world with the history, tradition and track record of success as the Dodgers. I’m looking forward to continuing what I came here to accomplish with Joe and that’s to win a World Championship.”
“Over the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Don closely and have gotten to know him both personally and professionally and I’m convinced that he’s the right person to lead the Dodgers,” said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. “His work ethic is unparalleled, his baseball knowledge is vast and his leadership skills have been established during more than three decades in professional baseball."
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times first reported that sources confirmed that Dodger manager Joe Torre will step down and be replaced by hitting coach Don Mattingly at the end of the season.
Torre guided the Dodgers since 2008 and took the team to two consecutive National League Championship Series appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies losing in five games in both series. He ranks fifth on the all-time regular season wins list and has the most postseason wins in baseball.
“It has been an incredible honor to wear the Dodger uniform and I will always carry with me some very special memories from the past three seasons,” said Torre. “This was not a decision I took lightly but I believe it’s the right one for myself and my family and I’m truly thrilled that Donnie will be the one leading the Dodgers. It’s time that the Dodgers had a new voice and I have the utmost confidence in him. I know he’s ready for the challenge.”
The Dodgers will have a press conference at 5 pm tonight at Dodger Stadium.