Torre To Step Down; Mattingly To Take Over

8:35pm: Hernandez tweets that Mattingly's contract to manage the team is for three years. He also had a signed contract before the season that guaranteed him the job if Torre stepped down, according to a second Hernandez tweet.

1:53pm: Joe Torre will announce today that he's stepping down as Dodgers manager after the season, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. He will be replaced by hitting coach Don Mattingly, who will manage in the Arizona Fall League, but does not yet have professional experience as a manager. Yahoo's Tim Brown also reported the news.

Torre, 70, could consider offers for other managerial openings or retire after a Hall of Fame-caliber career. Torre has a 2318-1990 record over the course of 29 seasons as a big league manager and led his teams to the postseason 14 consecutive times from 1996-2009. One of Hernandez's sources says Torre could keep working in the Dodgers organization.

Dodgers Triple A manager Tim Wallach, who had been considered a possible candidate for the opening, could now become an option for other clubs.


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93 Comments on "Torre To Step Down; Mattingly To Take Over"


bleachercreature
4 years 11 months ago

say it ain’t so Joe

shep1974
4 years 11 months ago

Love the move

Infield Fly
4 years 11 months ago

It’s Donnie Baseball time!

j6takish
4 years 11 months ago

Mattingly! Trim those sideburns!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 11 months ago

Wouldn’t that comment go better with the Simpsons post?

Ferrariman
4 years 11 months ago

can someone explain to me why some dodgers fans want joe torre out? i know that its probably just a minority, but i really don’t see any reason

4 years 11 months ago

He doesn’t know how to double switch, our bullpen arms are hanging on by threads, or is it their nike underarmor that’s keeping them in place

There are many examples, but the fact of the matter is this man needs to head out.

But the FO goofs as expected in giving this to Mattingly, this was Wallachs job and I don’t care about what “expectations” were put in place for Don to take over.

The whole staff from the top down needs an overhaul.

2010 has been my sickest as a Dodger Fan. . .

jaydubdub
4 years 11 months ago

“2010 has been my sickest as a Dodger Fan. . .”

Clearly you weren’t around for ’92.

4 years 11 months ago

You can’t possibly tell me that 92 as opposed to 2010 has been worse.

Not only counting on-field stories, i’m talking about EVERYTHING Dodger related, this isn’t the worst you’ve seen this organization ?

I’d love to hear your reasoning

4 years 11 months ago

You can’t possibly tell me that 92 as opposed to 2010 has been worse.

Not only counting on-field stories, i’m talking about EVERYTHING Dodger related, this isn’t the worst you’ve seen this organization ?

I’d love to hear your reasoning

ateam043
4 years 11 months ago

2010 is by far worse.

1992:

Cons: Finished dead last in the NL.
Pros: 1992 was the start of 5 ROY’s (Karros, Piazza, Mondesi, Nomo, Hollandsworth) so in other words we knew we had young MLB ready prospects to take over.

2010: record sucks, management sucks, Manager taking over should be Wallach, and we have a depleted farm system.

jaydubdub
4 years 11 months ago

“2010 has been my sickest as a Dodger Fan. . .”

Clearly you weren’t around for ’92.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Dreifort was the direct result of 1992 right? :)

4 years 11 months ago

He doesn’t know how to double switch, our bullpen arms are hanging on by threads, or is it their nike underarmor that’s keeping them in place

There are many examples, but the fact of the matter is this man needs to head out.

But the FO goofs as expected in giving this to Mattingly, this was Wallachs job and I don’t care about what “expectations” were put in place for Don to take over.

The whole staff from the top down needs an overhaul.

2010 has been my sickest as a Dodger Fan. . .

jaydubdub
4 years 11 months ago

Two words:

Bullpen Mismanagement

jaydubdub
4 years 11 months ago

Two words:

Bullpen Mismanagement

Chiburgh
4 years 11 months ago

The Cubs must be laughing……..Don’t the Dodgers know, you have to send a potential Manager to Singe A to gain managing experience before just giving them the job. Then after putting the guy through all that, you can still yank their chain and hire someone else. Ha Ha Ha!!!

4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, because you’re not supposed to evaluate or look for other, potentially better options, you’re just supposed to hand the guy the job. I guess the Dodgers are the ones doing it right then.

4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, because you’re not supposed to evaluate or look for other, potentially better options, you’re just supposed to hand the guy the job. I guess the Dodgers are the ones doing it right then.

ateam043
4 years 11 months ago

Tim Wallach > Don Mattingly

Watch Tim succeed like Mike Sciosca did.

4 years 11 months ago

Dodger Nation agrees with this :(

4 years 11 months ago

Dodger Nation agrees with this :(

invader3k
4 years 11 months ago

I know the Dodgers have fallen out of contention, but I don’t get why they don’t just wait until after the season is over to announce this. Just seems like another distraction for the players to deal with at this point. Then again, maybe Torre was just sick of all the rumors and wanted to get it done with.

jb226
4 years 11 months ago

Personally, I think that if a manager is retiring and his replacement is decided upon and in-house, he should just step aside immediately. Pay the rest of his year’s salary, same as you would if he was still managing. Doesn’t impact your budget at this point.

Even if Torre was the greatest manager in the history of mankind and doing an A+ perfect job right now, is there any reason he should be managing this team as a lame duck with his replacement already picked? Let Mattingly get some experience, manage the team the way he’s going to be managing it next year. Let the players get used to him and his expectations as manager, see what his tendencies are, let him play around with matchups and figure out who he might want in certain situations — for his benefit and the players’.

The Dodgers aren’t in the race and they’re not magically going to get there, so letting Torre play out the year isn’t necessary. They know who his replacement is. So replace him.

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Agree, 100%.

jb226
4 years 11 months ago

Personally, I think that if a manager is retiring and his replacement is decided upon and in-house, he should just step aside immediately. Pay the rest of his year’s salary, same as you would if he was still managing. Doesn’t impact your budget at this point.

Even if Torre was the greatest manager in the history of mankind and doing an A+ perfect job right now, is there any reason he should be managing this team as a lame duck with his replacement already picked? Let Mattingly get some experience, manage the team the way he’s going to be managing it next year. Let the players get used to him and his expectations as manager, see what his tendencies are, let him play around with matchups and figure out who he might want in certain situations — for his benefit and the players’.

The Dodgers aren’t in the race and they’re not magically going to get there, so letting Torre play out the year isn’t necessary. They know who his replacement is. So replace him.

bbxxj
4 years 11 months ago

Good for Don Mattingly! Though I like neither the Yanks or Dodgers, Mattingly’s older brother is old friends with my dad. Little Donnie was quite the annoying little brother growing up my dad tells me.

MisterBill
4 years 11 months ago

Another former Yankee who decided that managing in the minor leagues was beneath him. I hope it works out better for him than it did Willie Randolph.

Just_MLB
4 years 11 months ago

EXACTLY !
willie would’ve been much better served getting that experience in the minors. Sad cuz he had such a great foundation with regards to fundamentals. Willie had a ALOT of potential as a manager.

Gumby65
4 years 11 months ago

Wow, another Dodger misstep. Mr. Wallach, I wish you continued success wherever you wind up.

Gumby65
4 years 11 months ago

Wow, another Dodger misstep. Mr. Wallach, I wish you continued success wherever you wind up.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t mind Torre stepping aside. I think we all expected that. But the Dodgers probably just lost Tim Wallach (minor league manager of the year) to another team. Not again. And why? To bring in someone who’s never managed — for no other obvious reason than it was his turn.

4 years 11 months ago

Mike Scioscia Part II coming up very shortly

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Care to elaborate?

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

He’s suggesting Wallach will leave to manage elsewhere and succeed, like Scioscia has. Probably accurate.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I guess it made sense for him to repeat what I said as a reply.

4 years 11 months ago

Are you implying that you’re the ONLY Dodger fan to feel this way?

That’s funny.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Ah… no. Obviously not. I couldn’t tell what you were referring to for sure.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I guess it made sense for him to repeat what I said as a reply.

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

He’s suggesting Wallach will leave to manage elsewhere and succeed, like Scioscia has. Probably accurate.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

Care to elaborate?

4 years 11 months ago

Mike Scioscia Part II coming up very shortly

BlueSkyLA
4 years 11 months ago

I don’t mind Torre stepping aside. I think we all expected that. But the Dodgers probably just lost Tim Wallach (minor league manager of the year) to another team. Not again. And why? To bring in someone who’s never managed — for no other obvious reason than it was his turn.

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Ughhhhh… Wallach is such a better option… stupidity of McCourt and Colletti knows no end… someone force them to sell the team, PLEASE! If we lose Tim Wallach and Logan White, I’m going to be so pissed…

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Ughhhhh… Wallach is such a better option… stupidity of McCourt and Colletti knows no end… someone force them to sell the team, PLEASE! If we lose Tim Wallach and Logan White, I’m going to be so pissed…

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

I’m surprised Mattingly would commit to the Dodgers since the Yankee job is a possibility.

icedrake523
4 years 11 months ago

I’m surprised Mattingly would commit to the Dodgers since the Yankee job is a possibility.

ThinkBlue10
4 years 11 months ago

you don’t see why because your not a dodger fan. if you knew how many of his boneheaded moves have cost us this year you would know why we want him out if here.

O971
4 years 11 months ago

Would be interesting to see him, Pinella, Cox, and possibly even LaRussa all retire in the same year.

ThinkBlue10
4 years 11 months ago

i agree with everything you just said, spot on.