Should Joe Maddon replace Don Mattingly?
By Neil Raymond
I think it’s time for Donnie Baseball to leave the Miami Marlins. Don Mattingly needs to go and I explained why before, he’s been making mistakes and I don’t think that we can tolerate that any longer. It’s time for a new voice in the clubhouse, and it makes sense for that voice to come from someone who won a World Series before, not someone who lost more playoff games than anyone in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s time to hire Joe Maddon to be our next manager.
Joe Maddon should be the next manager of the Miami Marlins.
Joe Maddon was fired earlier this season by the Los Angeles Angels. The Halos are having a terrible season, and haven’t made the playoffs or had a winning season since he took over. That sounds pretty bad right? Not quite. Arte Moreno has been a very hands-on manager and his terrible signings hurt the team, add some injuries and it’s hard to blame Maddon for the team’s problems.
What does Joe Maddon bring to the table? Why should the Miami Marlins see him as an upgrade over Don Mattingly? Maddon has a far better 1,382-1,216 career W-L record and he left the Los Angeles Angels with a 27-29 W-L record, which is a little better than their current one to say the least. He won a pennant with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 (also being their winningest manager, and the one who made them winners in the first place). He also won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
Don Mattingly took the Miami Marlins to the playoffs in 2020, but other than that keeps presiding over losing seasons. He didn’t help his previous team the Los Angeles Dodgers much either, losing playoff series repeatedly as the favorites. It wasn’t all his fault, but the fact that he wasn’t able to motivate them enough to win is a red flag for me.
The Miami Marlins need a new manager and Joe Maddon just maybe the answer. Don Mattingly clearly is not. At least he looks like a better option than Don Mattingly doesn’t he?