Don Mattingly Enthusiastic About Returning to AL East with Toronto Blue Jays

In the last week of September, Don Mattingly accepted congratulations and gratitude from various New York media members regarding his impending retirement from managing the Miami Marlins.

That said, during a three-game streak against the Mets, Marlins assistant Richard Bleier actually won a game despite being charged with three hurdles in the same appearance. As assertive as Mattingly and Bleier were about the absurdity of the obstacles, there seemed to be an air of certainty at Mattingly in terms of a uniformed baseball career.

Apparently, Mattingly wasn’t well-suited to retreat or retire from the mostly stress-free life of a television analyst who streams 25 to 40 games per season as part of his rotation with other ex-players.

Mattingly was named team coach of the Toronto Blue Jays, causing a lot of backlash from Yankee fans on social media. After all, how can they applaud him for a career that may culminate in the upcoming Hall of Fame performance in the vote for the contemporary era, while also being the subject of a rabid Hall of Fame controversy that ends too soon due to back pain? while helping manager John Schneider find ways to beat the Yankees?

Either way, it’s good to see Mattingly stay in the game and return to AL East. especially after he really planned to spend the next summer on vacation, until he got an extremely intrigued call from Toronto general manager Ross Atkins.

“Honestly, just the first conversation felt great,” Mattingly told reporters in a video call on Wednesday. “I was immediately intrigued.”

Mattingly joins a team in the AL East that has contributed to their summer swoon with three wins that finished six games behind the Yankees and caused all sorts of frustration and even a defeat that angered the Yankees.

A 5-2 loss on August 20 resulted in Gerrit Cole hitting the roof of the clubhouse twice, and Aaron Boone punching the podium when the coach was asked to lose six series in a row in 1995. At the sweeping Yankee “Audi Sign” outside of the Yankee bunker with a 4-2 win where Aaron Judge was kicked in by Alek Manoah and then hit from the upper left in the fifth round, causing Cole to rush out of the bunker and be invited to meet him by Manoah after the game. .

So you can understand why Mattingly wanted to return to the game with a team that continues to rise after his time in Miami.

While some of it was spent being part of Derek Jeter’s ownership group before stepping aside, Mattingly was always guiding a young team that wasn’t quite ready to win despite having some appealing pieces, such as battering and NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara. .

Going 446-263 from 2011 to 2015 after Joe Torre retired, Mattingly won 443-587 in seven seasons with the Marlins. He kicked off the last two seasons of Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, posting 79 and 77 winning seasons. After these stars were traded to save money, they lost 98, 105, 95 and 93 games respectively, and one outlier was 31-29 during the epidemic season, highlighted by riveting a post-season berth in an empty Yankee Stadium.

During Mattingly’s tenure in Miami, the Blue Jays transitioned from the veteran group that made back-to-back ALCS appearances to the junior core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, complete with George Springer’s free agent signing and other moves.

“You’re looking at the combination of youth and experience and an offense that can run in a hurry … it’s just the whole package,” Mattingly told reporters.

After three losing seasons, the Blue Jays entered the extended playoffs in 2020, missing a playoff spot in 2021 despite sweeping a four-game streak in New York in the last month, and then in July with coach Charlie Montoyo’s Schneider. after warming up.

“Because I know and see talent, I know this is a really good club,” Mattingly said. Over the last few years, I’ve seen these guys. They run hastily. I think all the ingredients are there to win.”

And now, after several years of trying to recruit young talent for better results, Mattingly is ready to help a team beat the Yankees.

“Credibility and experience come in many different ways, and Don’s is unique to our staff,” Atkins told reporters. Experience and reliability are common words in professional sports, life and corporate worlds. It’s hard to quantify exactly how valuable that is, but I think it’s something that will have a calming effect and help not only with performance and lack of performance, but also with accountability, which will be huge.”

Of course, the Yankees will face bigger problems than if a former standout first baseman tries to beat them in the opposing bunker, especially if a certain right fielder signs elsewhere.

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