TORONTO ( Associated Press) – Don Mattingly was looking forward to spending the summer at home with his family. A call from the Blue Jays convinced him to return to baseball.
Mattingly, who stepped down as manager of the Miami Marlins at the end of last season, will join Toronto as bench coach under manager John Schneider, the club announced Wednesday.
He added that several clubs had approached Mattingly with offers for 2023. But no one showed interest until he got a call from Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins.
“To be honest, I loved the first conversation,” Mattingly said in a video conference on Wednesday. “I immediately felt more interested.”
Mattingly managed the Blue Jays in 2020 and ’21.
“I think it’s been really nice to know and see the talent at this club,” Mattingly said. “You look at the combination of youth and experience, as well as hitting that can score runs. In recent years, I have seen these people. They score a lot of runs and I think they have all the ingredients to win here.”
The six-time All-Star former New York Yankees slugger joined the Blue Jays after spending seven seasons with the Marlins.
With Miami, Mattingly won the National League Manager of the Year award in 2020.
Prior to Miami, Mattingly won three division titles in five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also served as the Yankees’ hitting and bench coach.
In Toronto, he replaced Casey Candell, promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July.
The Blue Jays reported that Candell would return to manage the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.
Mattingly spent his 14-year career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Gloves at first base, three Silver Bats, the 1984 American League batting title, and the 1985 MVP Award.