MIAMI — Don Mattingly is moving to a different coast and a new payroll neighborhood. Bud Black is heading to a much bigger pressure-cooker.
Mattingly was hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Thursday. Black, the former San Diego Padres manager, was hired as the Washington Nationals’ sixth manager in the franchise’s 11 seasons and will be expected to right an underachieving ship.
In another National League hiring, the Padres hired Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as their new manager.
Mattingly, who interviewed for the job Monday, will face a big adjustment regarding resources. The Dodgers led the majors by far this year with a payroll of $289.6 million at the end of the regular season; the Marlins ranked last at $64.9 million, and little change is expected in 2016.
While Mattingly finished above .500 in each of his five seasons in Los Angeles, the Marlins are coming off their sixth consecutive losing season. They went 71-91 and finished third in the NL East, 19 games behind the NL champion New York Mets.
The Marlins were riddled by injuries, however, and their roster is full of young, talented players, led by slugger Giancarlo Stanton, ace Jose Fernandez and NL batting champion Dee Gordon.
“They don’t have a $300 million payroll in Miami,” said Mets manager Terry Collins, who was in New York preparing for Game 3 of the World Series. “But they got pretty good players down there, believe me. They’ve got a good team.”
Mattingly went 446-363 in five years with the Dodgers and won the NL West the past three years, but he went 8-11 in the postseason. The Dodgers have not reached the World Series since winning the title in 1988, and lost to the New York Mets this year in the NL Division Series.
In Miami, Mattingly succeeds Dan Jennings, who made the unusual move from general manager to manager in May.
Mattingly becomes the Marlins’ 10th manager — including Jack McKeon for two stints — since Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002. Erik Spoelstra has been coach of the Miami Heat since 2008, while Loria has had seven managers during that time.
Ozzie Guillen’s four-year contract with the Marlins finally came off the books this fall. He was fired after one year as manager in 2012. Mike Redmond, fired this year, remains under contract through 2017.
Loria persuaded Mattingly to enter the revolving door. Other candidates to be interviewed included former major league managers Manny Acta, Larry Bowa and Bo Porter.
Green takes over a team that underachieved despite general manager A.J. Preller’s aggressive offseason roster makeover. The Padres finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the Dodgers.
San Diego has had five straight losing seasons and has missed the playoffs for nine straight years.
The hiring of Green gives Preller the chance to continue to remake the team. Preller, hired in August 2014, fired manager Bud Black on June 15, when the team was 32-33. He replaced Black with Triple-A manager Pat Murphy, who had no big league experience.
The Padres were 42-54 under Murphy and he was fired the day after the season ended.
The Padres were a disappointment. Despite the addition of stars such as Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and James Shields and a bump in payroll past the $100 million mark for the first time, the Padres had their worst finish in four years.
After firing Murphy, Preller said he was looking for “a better fit going forward.”
Green completed his first season on Arizona’s big league staff in 2015, and his 12th season in the Diamondbacks’ organization. He was 219-189 in four seasons as a manager in Arizona’s farm system.BaseballBud BlackDon MattinglyLos Angeles DodgersMiami MarlinsMLBSan Diego PadresWashington Nationals