Blue Jays hire longtime MLB manager Don Mattingly as bench coach

Longtime MLB manager and former star player Don Mattingly is reportedly set to join John Schneider's staff in Toronto.  (Getty)

Longtime MLB coach and former star player Don Mattingly joins John Schneider’s team in Toronto. (Getty)

The Toronto Blue Jays have added a big name to John Schneider’s coaching staff.

The Jays announced Wednesday that they have hired Don Mattingly as their new bench coach.

Mattingly, who just parted ways with the Miami Marlins after seven seasons, was reportedly in “extensive talks” on Tuesday to join the Blue Jays staff in 2023, according to baseball reporters Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman.

Mattingly is one of eight candidates hoping to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame through the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee ballot, to be announced on Sunday.

During his appearance on ‘The Show with Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman’, the 61-year-old expressed interest in staying in the game and revealed he had already received several offers from interested suitors.

“One team in particular really spoke to me and really spoke to my soul about what I love to do and see value and that was really engaging for me,” Mattingly said.

Toronto’s bench coaching position was previously held by Casey Candaele last season. Candaele, who previously worked as Buffalo’s triple-A manager, joined the big league coaching staff after Charlie Montoyo was fired.

Mattingly played 14 major league seasons — all with the New York Yankees — from 1982 to 1995, hitting .307/.358/.471 with 222 home runs and 1,099 RBIs in 1,785 career games. He was a six-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner and three-time Silver Slugger.

The 19th-round selection in 1979 was named American League MVP in 1985, the same season he made his first and only playoff appearance. He never reached the World Series as a player, nor did he accomplish that feat as a coach or manager.

Mattingly’s coaching career began on the West Coast with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he spent five seasons from 2011 to 2015. His team won three consecutive NL West Division titles from 2013 to 2015, but n failed to top the NLCS.

The Evansville, Indiana native was named coach of the Marlins ahead of the 2016 season, going 79-82 in his inaugural campaign. He led the franchise to its first playoff spot since 2003 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, earning its first career manager of the year award.

Mattingly is Miami’s all-time leader in total seasons (seven), games (1,020) and wins (437).

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