Don Mattingly was introduced Monday as the 14th manager in Miami Marlins franchise history — including eight skippers, counting interims, since 2010.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said he is confident Mattingly will be the team’s “long-term solution.”
The 54-year-old Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers parted ways after the playoff loss to the New York Mets. The Dodgers won the National League West for the third time in his five seasons with the team.
Mattingly signed four-year deal after agreeing last week to become the Marlins’ new manager.
The Marlins announced Thursday the firing of general manager Dan Jennings, who moved from the front office to take over as manager in May after Mike Redmond was let go.
“I plan on being here at least 10,” Mattingly said at Monday’s news conference, which was delayed until after the World Series.
Mattingly was known to be high on the wish list of Loria, also the CEO of the Marlins.
“Hiring a manager is one of the most important decisions a team can make, which is why it was so important for us to find the right long-term solution,” Loria said. “I’m thrilled to welcome Don Mattingly to the Marlins family. … Don’s brand of strong and focused leadership is exactly what this team of talented players needs to help us compete at the highest level.”
Mattingly becomes the 10th manager for the Marlins during Loria’s ownership of the franchise.
“We wanted this to be the last manager’s press conference we ever did,” Marlins president David Samson said. “We’ve done too many.”
Mattingly admitted he had some concerns before accepting the job.
“That was probably my biggest fear,” Mattingly said. “Are they going to blow it up and start over?”
Mattingly will face a major adjustment regarding resources.
The Dodgers led the majors with a payroll of $289.6 million at the end of the regular season. The Marlins ranked last at $64.9 million.
The Marlins finished the 2015 season with a 71-91 record, including 55-69 under Jennings.