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Don Mattingly | First Baseman

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (57) / 4/20/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Don Mattingly will return to manage the Marlins in 2018, according to president of baseball operations Michael Hill.
The only reason this was even necessary to announce is that new Marlins boss Derek Jeter wouldn't guarantee Mattingly's return last month. Be it due to not having a candidate they prefer or just the fact that he's under contract, it appears that any rumors involving Mattingly not managing Miami were just that. Fri, Nov 10, 2017 08:26:00 AM

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the sale of the Marlins to the ownership group led by Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman closed Monday morning.

That means that ownership has changed hands from unpopular owner Jeffrey Loria to the Jeter/Sherman group. It was reported last week that the other 29 owners around MLB approved the sale, which comes with a price tag of $1.2 billion. An official press conference is expected sometime this week. Jeter is expected to take charge of baseball operations and there have already been some changes happening in the organization. The big question for the club this winter is whether they'll attempt to trade MLB home run leader Giancarlo Stanton.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports that retired Yankees great Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush have teamed up on a bid to buy the Marlins.

The two were thought to be part of competing groups but have now apparently joined forces. The big money for the bid is probably coming from other (more silent) sources anyway. Jeter carries obvious baseball cachet and Jeb's brother George W. was a well-liked part-owner of the Texas Rangers for a number of years. The Jeter-Jeb ownership group could probably get quick approval from Major League Baseball if its purchase price is right. Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins' current owner, is reportedly seeking more than $1.5 billion.
Source: Miami Herald
Wed, Apr 19, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are expected to name Mike Pagliarulo as their new hitting coach.

Pagliarulo will replace Barry Bonds, who lasted just one season as hitting coach. There was reportedly a rift between Bonds and manager Don Mattingly. Pagliarulo was teammates with Mattingly from 1984-1989 with the Yankees. He most recently served as hitting coach with the Pirates' Triple-A team in 2014.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 03:45:00 PM

The Marlins are set to announce Fredi Gonzalez as their new third base coach, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

The two sides have been linked for weeks and the hire is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria once called Gonzalez a "colossal failure" after he fired him as manager, but two sides have apparently made amends. The unlikely reunion comes after Gonzalez was fired as Braves' manager back in May.
Source: Miami Herald
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:48:00 PM

Mark Bowman of reports that Fredi Gonzalez has talked to the Marlins about becoming their third base coach.

Gonzalez was fired by the Braves back in May during his sixth season as manager. Of course, he also previously managed the Marlins and didn't leave on the best of terms with owner Jeffrey Loria back in 2010, so a reunion wouldn't come without some complications. Gonzalez is reportedly mulling over some other opportunities.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 11:28:00 AM

The Marlins have fired hitting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris, and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

This confirms reports from earlier this week. Bonds was a high-profile addition last offseason, but the Marlins finished fourth from the bottom in runs scored this season. Of course, that's not his fault, especially considering that the Marlins were missing Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour for a big chunk of the year. Still, there were reportedly questions about pre-game preparation, so the Marlins have decided to make a change. With Bonds out of the picture, assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino could simply move back into his former job.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 11:26:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins have fired hitting coach Barry Bonds.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius are also being let go. It appears that the relationship between Bonds and manager Don Mattingly might not have been the best, as Craig Mish of SiriusXM hears that the skipper "called out" the hitting coach during a road trip this summer and Bonds' commitment level "dwindled" as the season wore on. The Marlins saw improvements from players like Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto in Bonds' lone year on the job, and the club's .263 average was also the second-best mark in the National League. However, the Marlins' .322 on-base percentage and .394 slugging percentage left something to be desired.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Don Mattingly was ejected from Friday's game against the Giants for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Brian Gorman.

Mattingly was jawing at Gorman from the dugout during a Christian Yelich at-bat. Tim Wallach assumed the managerial duties with Mattingly sent back to the clubhouse.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Friday's Grapefruit League contest between the Marlins and Nationals was cancelled due to rain.

At this stage of the spring, there's no need to make up the game. The scheduled pitchers will either get their work in on the side or in a minor league game.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 07:40:00 PM

The Marlins have named Barry Bonds their new hitting coach.

Bonds will be the club's hitting coach, while incumbent Frank Menechino will move to assistant hitting coach duties. It's a flashy hire for the Marlins but one that could pay dividends, as Bonds drew nice reviews from the Giants when he served as a guest instructor during spring training.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:09:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Barry Bonds "tentatively plans" to accept a hitting coach job with the Marlins.

Negotiations are ongoing. Assuming everything is worked out, Bonds will serve as a co-hitting coach along with incumbent Frank Menechino. The all-time home run king is polarizing for all sorts of reasons, but nobody can question his knowledge about hitting.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Marlins have offered a hitting coach job to Barry Bonds.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the two sides have had extensive talks in recent weeks. Now that the offer has been made, the Marlins are waiting on his decision. It's no sure thing that the all-time home run king will leave the Bay Area for the job, but that talks have progressed this far indicates that there's a real chance this will happen. Bonds, now 51, has served as a spring training instructor for the Giants in recent years and worked with hitters like Alex Rodriguez and Dexter Fowler last offseason.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:00:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have hired Juan Nieves as pitching coach.

He'll take over for Chuck Hernandez, who was let go after the season. Nieves previously served as pitching coach with the Red Sox from 2013 through this past May. Heyman reports that the Marlins are still working on securing their next hitting coach, with Barry Bonds as a potential candidate.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:33:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Barry Bonds "is under consideration" to become the Marlins' hitting coach.

Heyman says that the club's front office has "quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks." Frank Menechino is expected back as the Marlins' hitting coach, so it appears Bonds would be an assistant. Heyman notes that "it isn't known" whether Bonds would be willing to move from the West to the East coast. He's been a special instructor during spring training for the Giants the last few years.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:55:00 PM

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1B1Justin Bour
2Garrett Cooper
2B1Starlin Castro
SS1Miguel Rojas
2Yadiel Rivera
3B1Martin Prado
2Brian Anderson
LF1Derek Dietrich
CF1Lewis Brinson
RF1Cameron Maybin
2J.B. Shuck
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S1Dan Straily
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3Jose Urena
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5Elieser Hernandez
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R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Drew Steckenrider
4Tayron Guerrero
5Nick Wittgren
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Chris O'Grady
8Brett Graves
9Jarlin Garcia
10Adam Conley
11Dillon Peters