Derek Jeter expects Don Mattingly back as Miami Marlins manager
With the Miami Marlins trying to avoid their third 100-loss season in franchise history, CEO/part owner Derek Jeter on Thursday portrayed manager Don Mattingly's job as safe for the 2019 season.
Next year would be the final season in Mattingly's four-year contract.
When asked by reporters before Miami's home game against the Cincinnati Reds about his skipper's job status for next season, with the team entering Thursday owning a 59-92 record, Jeter replied, "Is he going to be back in 2019? He's under contract. Yeah."
In Mattingly's three seasons with the Marlins, the team has not finished with a winning record once and was 215-259 (.454) through Wednesday. However, expectations entering this season were lowered after an offseason spent shedding higher-priced veteran players as Jeter and the organization aimed to rebuild the team's Minor League system.
"I've been preaching patience," Jeter said, per the Miami Herald. "I've been finding I don't have much of it. But we're making progress and we're taking steps in that direction. It was an organization that had been broken. We have to fix that. I'd like for it to happen overnight."
The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003 and last had a winning season in 2009.
Miami has also continued to fall behind in attendance annually. The team will rank at the bottom in all of baseball in attendance this season, and it is expected to finish with the lowest attendance figures in the National League since the Montreal Expos in 2004.
"That's something we need to improve," Jeter said. "Where we're starting from, the only way we can go is up."