Don Mattingly is “leading candidate” to manage Marlins

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From the moment he “mutually parted ways” with the Dodgers–and even before that, really–Don Mattingly and the Marlins seemed like a natural fit.

Sure enough, Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the team “considers him the leading candidate” for the job. Mattingly is technically under contract to the Dodgers for 2016, but they won’t stand in his way of finding another gig and in fact could stand to save some money on Mattingly’s remaining contract if he signs with the Marlins.

Going from the Dodgers to the Marlins would be quite a shock to the system, but in leaving Los Angeles last week Mattingly made it clear that he viewed it as moving on rather than being fired. He wanted a different opportunity and … well, working with owner Jeffrey Loria in Miami certainly qualifies as “different.”

Mattingly had a 446-363 (.551) record in five seasons as Dodgers manager, including three straight NL West division titles, but the team went just 8-11 in the playoffs.