Don Mattingly officially announced as Marlins manager


Don Mattingly and the Marlins made things official this morning, holding a press conference to announce his four-year contract and introduce the team’s new manager to the local media who covered eight managers in the previous six years.

The vibe of the press conference put forth by the Marlins and Mattingly was that he’s different than all those other managers, which would be fine except similar things were said about Ozzie Guillen and Mike Redmond before they were fired midway through multi-year contracts.

Mattingly had a .551 winning percentage in five seasons as the Dodgers’ manager, including three straight division titles, but Guillen was a World Series-winning manager with a .524 winning percentage in eight seasons with the White Sox when the Marlins hired him for huge money and he lasted exactly one season.

One of Mattingly’s quotes stood out to me:

I signed a four-year deal. I plan on being here at least 10.

The last Marlins manager to complete four full seasons on the job was … no one. In the 23-year history of the team no manager has completed four full seasons without a change being made and Mattingly is the 15th different manager since 1993. Good luck, Donnie.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.