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Don Mattingly | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 4/20/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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The Dodgers on Thursday announced the hiring of Farhan Zaidi as their new general manager.
They also announced that former Diamondbacks and Padres GM Josh Bynes has been hired as senior VP of baseball operations. Zaidi, who has been with the A's for 10 years and served as their assistant GM for one year, is known for his statistical analysis background and was instrumental in the A's signing of Yoenis Cespedes out of Cuba. Although he has the GM title, the ultimate decision-making power will reside with president Andrew Friedman. Nov 6 - 9:15 PM

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MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers will hire Athletics assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi as their new GM later this week.

It was FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal who first reported that the Dodgers would pursue Zaidi, who has been with the A's for 10 years and served as their assistant GM for one year. Zaidi, whose specialty is statistical analysis, was instrumental in the A's signing of Yoenis Cespedes out of Cuba. Although he'll be the Dodgers' GM, president Andrew Friedman will have the ultimate say. According to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com, the Dodgers will also hire former D'Backs and Padres GM Josh Byrnes. It's not clear what title Byrnes will have.
Nov 4 - 10:12 PM

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said Friday that Joe Maddon availability will not affect Don Mattingly's standing as the team's manager in 2015.

When Maddon opted out of his deal with the Rays, the natural assumption was that he'd follow Friedman to the Dodgers. While it still might be a possibility down the road, it's not going to happen before Opening Day. Many are speculating that the Cubs are the likeliest landing spot for Maddon.
Oct 24 - 3:09 PM

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said at his introductory press conference Friday that Don Mattingly will "definitely" be the club's manager in 2015.

Many had speculated that Friedman would try to bring Joe Maddon with him from Tampa Bay, but it won't happen, at least not until after next season. Friedman said Friday that his and Mattingly's thoughts are "very aligned." Mattingly is under contract through 2016.
Oct 17 - 2:21 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Josh Byrnes is the "leading candidate" to be hired as the Dodgers' top executive under new president Andrew Friedman.

It will be a similar dynamic to what the Cubs have in Chicago with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, with Byrnes serving as the general manager but Friedman having ultimate say as the president. Byrnes has been a general manager in Arizona and San Diego before being fired by the Padres back in June. Bryan Minniti, Billy Eppler and Mike Hazen have been seen as possible candidates for the Dodgers' GM job, but it appears Byrnes is the man to beat.
Oct 17 - 2:01 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers will likely hire a general manager under new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

In other words, it will be a similar dynamic to what the Cubs have in Chicago with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. It's unclear who the Dodgers could target, but Rosenthal mentions Bryan Minniti as one possibility. He resigned as Nationals assistant general manager last week and worked with Dodgers president Stan Kasten in the past. Friedman also interviewed Minniti for a position with the Rays a few years ago.
Source: FOX Sports
Oct 15 - 12:08 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler, White Sox president Kenny Williams and Indians president Mark Shapiro have been "surfacing" as possible candidates to replace Dodgers GM Ned Colletti.

That's in addition to Rays president Andrew Friedman, who Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times says is the lead candidate for the gig. Coletti hasn't actually been fired yet, but it appears that he could officially get his pink slip any day now. The candidate list includes a group of heavy hitters, but the Dodgers should be able to afford just about anybody they want.
Oct 10 - 4:26 PM

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti "could soon lose his job" and the club's "top target" to replace him appears to be Rays GM Andrew Friedman.

Manager Don Mattingly's job is reportedly safe following the team's disappointing playoff exit, but momentum for the firing of Colletti appears to be building. Plaschke writes that Dodgers ownership was "disappointed with how Colletti constructed a roster that, despite costing a record $240 million, lacked the pieces to compete with the versatile Cardinals." The club is expected to drop its payroll to the $185-190-million range next season and it appears they want a different GM in charge of the retooling. Friedman is universally considered one of the best GMs in the game and would be a huge addition for the Dodgers. They can certainly afford to give him a massive raise, but it's worth noting that Friedman turned down the Angels' GM job that eventually went to Jerry Dipoto.
Oct 9 - 6:52 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles said he's "hearing Don Mattingly's job is safe."

Saxon also notes he's unsure about others within the organization, likely alluding to general manager Ned Colletti. There was some thought Mattingly might get the ax after his high-priced and talent-laden Dodgers club bowed out in the NLDS, but the thought is that he's got some fans in the upper ranks. Mattingly signed an extension with the club in January, and his current contract runs through 2016.
Oct 8 - 8:00 PM

Don Mattingly and Clayton Kershaw were ejected from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

They both took exception from the bench when Oliver Perez beaned Andre Ethier (with an offspeed pitch) after serving up back-to-back homers to Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp. While it didn't appear intentional, the sequence of events leading up to it certainly fueled the situation.
Sep 7 - 7:23 PM

Dodgers signed manager Don Mattingly to a three-year contract extension.

Mattingly is now under contract through 2016. It's well deserved, as he presided over an impressive turnaround last season which led to the National League West title. Things were icy between Mattingly and the team even after the season, but the new extension should smooth things over for now.
Jan 8 - 12:47 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Don Mattingly's new contract with the Dodgers will run through 2016.

Mattingly's previous deal was set to expire after the 2014 season. His future has been the subject of quite a bit of speculation over the past year, but he'll enter spring training with some long-awaited job security. Mattingly is 260-225 in his three years with Los Angeles and led the Dodgers to the National League West title in 2013.
Jan 7 - 3:53 PM

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Dodgers have signed manager Don Mattingly to an extension.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the two sides were close. No word on the exact terms of the new deal, but an extension is well deserved after Mattingly presided over the Dodgers' fantastic turnaround last season. His previous deal was set to expire after 2014.
Jan 7 - 3:24 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are nearing an extension with manager Don Mattingly.

The Dodgers beating the Braves in the 2013 NLDS triggered Mattingly's $1.4 million vesting option for 2014, but he has stated that he doesn't want to be a lame duck manager on a big-budget team and it looks as though he'll have his wish granted soon for a multi-year deal. Mattingly owns a 260-225 managerial record in his three years in Los Angeles. The Dodgers went on a 42-8 run at one point last season.
Jan 6 - 12:52 PM

Tim Wallach is the Dodgers' new bench coach.

Wallach served as the Dodgers' third base coach in 2013 and will simply switch roles for the 2014 season. Trey Hillman, the Dodgers' former bench coach, was fired on October 22. Lorenzo Bundy will fill that vacancy.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Jamie Romak
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3Erisbel Arruebarrena
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Juan Nicasio
6Joe Wieland
7Zach Lee
8Chris Reed
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Jamey Wright
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Carlos Frias
11Daniel Coulombe
12Adam Liberatore
13Chris Withrow