The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed Don Mattingly to a two-year extension with a third-year mutual option to continue serving as the team’s Manager.
Mattingly, 58, originally joined the Marlins organization as Manager prior to the 2016 season. He has since managed more games (636) in Marlins franchise history than anyone else, going 272-364 (.428). His 272 victories as Marlins Manager are the third most in franchise history behind Jack McKeon (281) and Fredi González (276).
The 2020 season will mark his 10th year as a Major League Manager. Currently, only nine Managers have more years at the helm (including Bruce Bochy, who will be retiring after this season). He is the longest-tenured Manager among National League East teams, and among current NL skippers, only three – Joe Maddon (Cubs – 5 yrs), Craig Counsell (Brewers – 5 yrs) and Clint Hurdle (Pirates – 9 yrs) – have managed their current team longer than Mattingly.
A native of Evansville, Indiana, Mattingly’s coaching/managing career began in 2004 as hitting coach with the New York Yankees, a position he served for three seasons before becoming bench coach for the 2007 season. He joined the Dodgers as hitting coach for the second half of the 2008 season and two additional seasons until being named the Dodgers Manager to begin the 2011 season. He made three straight postseason appearances at the helm of the Dodgers from 2013-15.
Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th-round of the 1979 MLB Draft, Mattingly played his entire 14-year Major League career for the Yankees from 1982-1995. He was a six-time All-Star and won nine Gold Glove Awards, in addition to being named the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player. He compiled a .307 average with 2,153 hits, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI in his career, winning a batting title in 1984 with a .343 average. He currently shares the ML records for the most consecutive games with a home run (eight) and for the most grand slams in one season (six in 1987).
Mattingly recently infused his Mattingly Charities efforts in South Florida by starting the Mattingly Futuras Estrellas program. Through his charitable efforts, the program engages with local non-profit organizations making an impact in education as well as serving children and families through the arts to provide South Florida area youth and their families the opportunity to attend a Miami Marlins game and enjoy an unforgettable baseball experience, including a meet and greet with the Manager, himself.