The morning after the Nationals found their new manager in Bud Black, the Miami Marlins hired a new skipper of their own in Don Mattingly. Mattingly was fired just a week before by the Los Angeles Dodgers after getting bounced in the NLDS by the New York Mets.
Mattingly, 54, was dismissed despite leading the Dodgers to three consecutive NL West division titles for the first time in franchise history. His teams, however, came up short in the playoffs, especially given their league-leading payroll of upwards of $275 million.
Mattingly departed L.A. with an impressive 446-363 record and never coached the Dodgers to a season below the .500 mark. It's an interesting contrast to the Nationals hiring of Black, whom led the Padres for nine seasons without a single playoff appearance before coming to Washington.
The Nationals are the more talented team with higher expectations, yet the Marlins got the more accomplished and high profile manager. That could certainly be something to watch over the next few years as each manager tries to take his team further than his predecessor did.
Mattingly is replacing Dan Jennings, who took over midseason for Mike Redmond. The Marlins went a disappointing 71-91 in a season that was largely affected by injuries. Giancarlo Stanton wasn't healthy and neither was Jose Fernandez, who pitched well in his first year back from Tommy John but had some bumps in the road.
Mattingly will now guide a talented young Marlins team that has to compete with not only the Nationals, but also the NL champion New York Mets in an improving NL East division.
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