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February 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw could pitch in three of the Dodgers' first six regular-season games, as a season-opening trip to Australia has created some abnormalities in the team's schedule. Kershaw could theoretically face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22, start the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30 and pitch in the Dodgers' home opener April 4. But Manager Don Mattingly sounded as if he opposed the idea, and not only because of how it would postpone the season debuts of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren.
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January 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Less than three months before he signed a new three-year contract, Don Mattingly insinuated he might not return to the Dodgers next season. With his deal formally announced Wednesday, Mattingly talked for the first time about the infamous October news conference at which he sounded as if he were demanding a contract extension. Speaking on a conference call from his off-season home in Indiana, Mattingly said his end-of-the-season comments weren't a premeditated attack designed to pressure ownership into offering him a new deal.
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January 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Don Mattingly had other things to worry about, like the way his basement in Indiana had flooded. The harsh winter storm had been unkind to his home and there was a wet vac to organize. “We're farmers here in Indiana, we do our own work,” he said. By midafternoon he was unaware who had been voted into the Hall of Fame or how many votes he had garnered in his 14thseason of eligibility (47, 14.2%). “I was assuming I wasn't getting in this time, so I wasn't too worried about it,” Mattingly said.
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January 7, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For three uncertain, unsettled seasons he has operated as the manager. Now, finally, Don Mattingly is the boss. In a move that will certify his credibility in the clubhouse and presence in the dugout, the Dodgers have smartly given Mattingly a two-year contract extension through 2016 in a move that works for everyone. A combustible team equally capable of championship and circus now has one less major distraction, while a solid guy who has led this team with a feather duster has finally been given a hammer.
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January 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The next questionable decision Don Mattingly makes will be nothing more than a questionable decision. He'll be able to explain his thought process and move on without wondering if it will cost him his job. Mattingly has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dodgers to be their manager through the 2016 season, ending speculation about his future with the franchise. The new deal could be formally announced as early as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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January 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Don Mattingly doesn't look as if he will be a lame-duck manager again this year. Mattingly and the Dodgers are finalizing an agreement that would extend his contract beyond the upcoming season, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been completed. Mattingly's current deal is guaranteed through the 2014 season. The contract was originally set to expire at the end of last season, but was automatically extended by another year when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series.
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December 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  - Don Mattingly wouldn't reveal Tuesday what drove him to insinuate he might step down as the Dodgers' manager seven weeks ago - or what made him reverse course and agree to honor his contract. Speaking in front of a group of reporters for the first time since he complained about his lame-duck status and practically demanded a contract extension, Mattingly tried to deflect questions about his future. Mattingly offered no clarity about his predicament or mind-set, other than to say he and the Dodgers have talked about a new deal.
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December 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After an awkward October news conference in which Don Mattingly practically threatened to quit if he didn't get a contract extension, Dodgers President Stan Kasten tried to explain away Mattingly's comments as the result of a misunderstanding between the manager and front office. Kasten didn't offer any details at the time, saying he would let Mattingly explain what happened. Mattingly had his first chance to do so at baseball's winter meetings Tuesday and decided not to. “At this point, it's not worth talking about,” Mattingly said.
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November 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Though refusing to speak about the Dodgers' talks with Don Mattingly about a new contract, team President Stan Kasten said Wednesday that he envisions Mattingly remaining the team's manager beyond next season. “I hope and expect him to be the manager of the Dodgers for a long time,” Kasten said. Mattingly, who is under contract for 2014, told MLB Network on Tuesday night that he and the club were discussing a new deal . “We're in talks right now,” Mattingly said.
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November 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Don Mattingly, who nearly lost his job as manager of the Dodgers in June, nearly won the award as National League manager of the year. Mattingly finished second behind Clint Hurdle, who won the award by managing the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff spot in 21 years. Hurdle got 25 of the 30 first-place votes and was the only man named on every ballot. Mattingly got two first-place votes. Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves finished third. He got three first-place votes, but Mattingly got 17 votes for second place and Gonzalez got four.
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