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Miami Marlins need to add manager to off-season shopping list

Don Mattingly is the closest thing to an institution with the Miami Marlins. Now, like everything else in franchise history, he’s also leaving.

As reported by Miami Herald’s Craig Mish and Jordan McPherson, Mattingly and the Marlins will part ways by mutual agreement. He should finish the year before looking for his next opportunity.

Don Mattingly leaves a mixed legacy with the Miami Marlins

The Marlins haven’t really been good for most of Mattingly’s tenure. He may be the winningest manager in team history, but his record of 437-583 is nothing out of the ordinary. Of course, that record isn’t entirely down to Mattingly, as the Marlins dumped most of their top talent before the 2018 season when the current ownership group took over.

There were a few highlights of his time in Miami. The Marlins finished second in the division in 2017 before the sellout. He also guided the Marlins to the playoffs of the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, the only winning season of his time at the helm. Mattingly won the NL Manager of the Year award for that season and took the Marlins to the second round.

Chances are, if Mattingly still wants to manage, he will have opportunities. He had success with the Dodgers after all, reaching the playoffs three times while at the helm early in their NL West run. Teams that think they are close to the playoffs might be interested in his services.

For the Marlins, it’s just another item on their checklist. They still need to find a central defender and minimally improve the bullpen. Now they must add a manager to that list as they finally look to fight again.

The Miami Marlins evolve to the position of manager. Don Mattingly leaves at the end of the year by mutual agreement.