Don Mattingly Not Returning to Marlins Next Season

Don Mattingly
Sep 17, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly (8) in the dugout before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have had a weird five to six seasons recently. The “trade everybody to rebuild” did not look like the right move, and then it did, and then it did not. There was a two year window from the end of 2019 through the end of 2021, where the future and present for this franchise looked bright.

Before the 2022 season began, co-owner Derek Jeter stepped down as such in a vaguely explained departure. Disputes about the franchise’s future and Jeter’s ideas for it were not on the same course. Now after a struggling season, where the Marlins had a few losing streaks higher than 10 straight loses, Manager Don Mattingly and the organization have decided to part ways at the end of the season.

Rebuild from Something to Nothing

In 2017, Mattingly’s second season as manager, this roster was loaded with young players primed to turn into to superstars. On top of Don Mattingly him self, the coaching staff was full of hall-of-fame talent now giving their knowledge to the next generation.

The franchise decided to trade away everybody worth anything and rebuild for the future. In 2020, yes a shortened season due to Covid, the Marlins were the surprise of the league.

They went on a dynamite 60 game stretch which ended in a playoff run that gave hope to the franchise and it’s fan base. Things were looking up with Jeter and Mattingly at the helm. Two legendary players who came from a legendary organization.

Not sure if it was because of these guys playing career or not, yet the fans trusted them. The feeling that these two knows what it takes to win baseball games was evident.

Even after losing their young out-fielding core of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna; the fans did not turn their back.

This Season However…

Fans came into the season disappointed at the fact that Jeter stepped down unexpectedly. Disappointed in the lack of free agent signings and roster moves. This teamed looked like instead of building on the last few years of success, they were once again breaking it down.

Some of the players the franchise took a gamble on three to four seasons ago were not panning out. Wether it be due to injuries or just the game of baseball proving their worth and potential are two different things.

Aug 5, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly (8) comes out of the dugout to question a call during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The more this team struggled this season, the more Don Mattingly looked, well he looked disappointed. Shots of players not running out ground balls followed by him dropping shoulders and shaking his head went viral.

At the plate, approaches were not up to the standard of a big leaguer of year’s past. As well as injuries forcing a few guys to play out of position, which somehow usually messes up their game in other aspects.

This season, like many of Mattingly’s seasons as manager of the Marlins was disappointing and did not match the pre-season hype.

Seven Season

In the seven seasons as the manager, the 2020 club that made the playoffs will be the highlight of the Don Mattingly era in Miami.

That season as mentioned before, this team made the playoffs. It was the third time in franchise history, and after a 3 game sweep in the first round, the run eventually ended in a 2nd round defeat.

Don Mattingly and the Miami Marlins have decided to part ways at the end of this 2022 season, per sources. Mattingly will leave the organization as the longest tenured manager.

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