As some have noted, first-year manager John Schneider is currently looking for a bench coach.
The 61-year-old just wrapped up a seven-year stint as manager of the Marlins in which he went 443-587 with one playoff appearance in 2020. Before that, Mattingly managed the Dodgers for five seasons, winning three NL West titles but falling short in the playoffs too many times.
Mattingly had previously said that he wanted to continue coaching, even if that meant he wouldn’t be the manager, especially if it meant that he could finally make it to a World Series, something he was unable to accomplish as a player or manager.
“One team in particular really talked to me and talked to really my soul of what I like to do and see a value and it’s been very interesting to me,” Mattingly said on a recent episode of “The Show with Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman,” though he declined to say which team that was. It now appears that he was referring to the Blue Jays.
The news that Mattingly might end up coaching an AL East rival of the Yankees certainly garnered some reactions around the MLB world.
— Thomas Hall (@ThomasHall85) November 29, 2022
The Blue Jays are searching for a bench coach, as reported last week. Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón interviewed for it, but will return to Houston with a new two-year extension – https://t.co/GR0e7ZDMwh https://t.co/mR7kFUjgr3
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) November 29, 2022
— Yanks Go Yard (@YanksGoYardFS) November 29, 2022
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 29, 2022
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness) November 29, 2022
Naturally, there were those who wanted to make sure that Mattingly “trimmed those sideburns” in reference to his infamous Simpsons appearance.
Is the sticking point whether he has to trim those sideburns? https://t.co/xQFxKxlUfY
— Michael Connors (@MikeConnors) November 29, 2022
As long as he shaves those sideburns https://t.co/gyLsdWha3V
— Rob Wong (@RobWong34) November 29, 2022