LOS ANGELES -- General manager Ned Colletti said manager Don Mattingly will return to the Dodgers next season, according to reports on ESPNLosAngeles.com and the Los Angeles Times.
The Dodgers raced out of the gates to open the season and were one of baseball's most surprising stories in the first half. However, despite undergoing a massive roster overhaul that brought in All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Josh Beckett, the team has struggled in the second half.
Mattingly's contract expires at the end of next season. The former Yankees first baseman and Dodgers hitting coach replaced Joe Torre after the 2010 season and he led the team to an 82-79 record last year. The Dodgers entered Friday with a 74-70 record and two games behind the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card spot and 7 1/2 behind the Giants in the NL West.
"I think he's done a really good job of keeping it together and there's never an excuse. He doesn't give any and he doesn't take any," Colletti told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I don't have any doubt that our efforts every day are there, and I think that's one of the main jobs of a manager, to make sure guys are into it."