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Marlins Ready to Kickoff the Mattingly Era


MM2The inevitable has happened. The Miami Marlins held their press conference to introduce new manager Don Mattingly on Monday, November 2nd. The Marlins and Mattingly had met up for an interview during the beginning of the World Series in which afterwards, according to sources, all signs were pointing towards Donnie Baseball becoming the new Miami skipper. In the end, Don Mattingly and the Marlins agreed to a four year contract. Mattingly says he hopes he stays for ten years.

His comment was a reply to one of the questions about stability that was asked by a media member at the press conference. In fact, Mattingly fielded (no pun intended) plenty of questions concerning continuity such as: his thoughts on joining a ball club whose front office has gone through six managerial changes since 2010 and what makes him feel convinced that this situation will turn out differently. Mattingly said that he expressed his fear about experiencing the same fate as many former Marlins managers to the team brass. However, he feels comfortable and ensured that he will stay here long term and win with this young and talented team. The Marlins’ high interest and commitment towards him certainly helped his decision become easier.

StantonOverall, the main question is will his encouraging answers translate into reality? That remains to be seen. Nothing can be predicted but as fair as it is for many people to be skeptical, it is very possible that things will work out for Don Mattingly and the Miami Marlins. He is joining a team that has arguably the best slugger and the best pitcher: Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez respectively. Along with these two franchise pillars, the Marlins have the reigning NL batting champion and speedster in Dee Gordon, a gold glove caliber shortstop in Adeiny Hechavarria, a gold glove outfielder and outstanding hitter in Christian Yelich and a lefty swinging first baseman who has emerged as a true power threat in Justin Bour. Despite the talks about the Marlins pursuing better starting pitching this offseason, they do possess impressive arms in their rotation and bullpen such as Tom Koehler, Adam Conley, Justin Nicolino, Carter Capps, AJ Ramos and Kyle Barraclough.jose-fernandez-mlb-

The Marlins’ talent is evident and Don Mattingly made it known that this was the main reason he was attracted to the Marlins’ managerial gig. He did mention that he looks forward to teaching and developing the younger players but his expectations along with the front office’s expectations are to win. He spoke a lot about the mindset and preparation necessary to go out there and win everyday. Adjusting to this mantra and clubhouse culture shouldn’t be anything new to the team since reports were made throughout the season about their grit, hustle and desire to win. Despite failing to meet expectations, being out of contention in July and becoming sellers, the Marlins finished the season with a 16-10 September record. Obviously, these numbers are wiped out once the new season begins on April 5th but it’s not absurd to think that this team can contend in 2016 with a couple of upgrades and health.

It’s a new era in Miami. It’s the Don Mattingly era. The team already has a solid nucleus and is now being managed by a proven winner as a player and manager. It is fair to believe 2016 will be a fun season for Marlins fans and maybe this team will surprisingly contend for a playoff spot in late September?

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