The Blue Jays and Don Mattingly are in deep discussions to land Don Mattingly as a bench coach for Toronto, The Post has learned.
Mattingly could get an announcement as soon as Wednesday. This could make for a memorable week. He is one of eight candidates for the Hall of Fame via the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee ballot, which will be announced Sunday evening.
Mattingly was the Marlins’ manager for seven years. However, the sides decided not to continue their relationship after the 2022 season. Mattingly. Mattingly, 61, said he intended to remain in the game. Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman stated that he received inquiries from several teams. However, he stated that he was particularly interested in one particular club. He did not name the team but said that he was open to joining an organization that has a chance of winning and the Blue Jays are likely to be contenders. Mattingly has never been in a World Series, either as a manager, player or coach of the Marlins and Dodgers.
Mattingly stated on the podcast that “one team in particular really spoke to me and talked directly to my soul about what I like to accomplish and see a benefit and it’s very interesting to me.”
On June 13, the Blue Jays fired Charlie Montoyo, their manager, and promoted John Schneider as interim manager. Toronto was a wildcard in the playoffs, but lost two games to Seattle in the first round. Schneider was nevertheless awarded a three-year contract with the full-time management designation. The 42-year old Schneider still has not had much experience in managing major league teams. If all goes well, Schneider will be able to call Mattingly, who is the person who managed the 70th most major league games (1,839).