Dodgers’ Don Mattingly Unsure if He Will Return Next Season

Do you want me or not?

That was the question Manager Don Mattingly put forth to upper management in a tense and awkward news conference Monday at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, right, speaks at a news conference while sitting near Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti on Monday. (credit: LA Times)

Mattingly revealed that the team option in his contract for 2014 became guaranteed when the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in a National League division series. However, the manager quickly added, “That doesn’t mean I’ll be back.”

Mattingly and General Manager Ned Colletti sat only a few feet apart on the dais, but it was apparent a sizable chasm had developed between Mattingly and the front office that Colletti represented.

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