Don Mattingly will be the Miami Marlins’ manager in 2018.
“I didn’t know a decision had to be made,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday when asked about Mattingly’s status. “He’s under contract. Just spoke to him today, he’s doing great.”
Last month, CEO Derek Jeter declined to say outright that Mattingly would return.
“It’s an exciting time in Miami. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to be a part of something,” Mattingly said in a Facebook Live interview with Steiner Sports Thursday night. “I feel like what we’re building is going to be something truly special. I think with Derek’s leadership and the leadership of the new ownership, we want to put something in place that’s very special.
“And I think that’s going to happen. You don’t know the timetable of that, but I’m really excited to be a part of this.”
Hill also said that outfield/baserunning coach Lorenzo Bundy, whose contract was not renewed, will not be replaced but that “his responsibilities will be absorbed within the staff.”
The Marlins intend on hiring a new bullpen catcher to replace Jeff Urgelles, who was also not renewed.
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