Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will return to coach the team in 2014, according to the club's official Twitter account:
Mattingly, 52, led the Dodgers to their first postseason berth since 2009 this past season as L.A. fell in six games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' 92-win regular season marked their best since 2009 and the third straight winning season under the former New York Yankees slugger.
This announcement is exciting news for the reigning NL West champions, who were firing on all cylinders under Mattingly during the second half of the 2013 campaign. The Dodgers can now retool and gear up for next year with a familiar face leading the charge.
As a result, expectations should remain sky-high for L.A. and its massive payroll in 2014.
After winning 62 of their final 90 games last year, the Dodgers are now 262-225 under Mattingly during the regular season and have improved by at least four wins in each of their last two campaigns.
Moving forward, Mattingly and the Dodgers will continue to rely on their dominant pitching staff, led by three-time All-Star and 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. L.A. ranked second in the majors last season in team ERA (3.25) and was able to overcome its ordinary play at the plate outside of the spark Yasiel Puig provided.
Mattingly, who had an impressive playing career with the Yankees during the 1980s and early 1990s, arrived in L.A. as an assistant coach under Joe Torre in 2008. He took over the helm following Torre's retirement at the end of the 2010 season.
With Mattingly back in the dugout for 2014, the Dodgers will have an excellent opportunity to win their first World Series title since 1988.
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