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Don Mattingly Will Replace Torre as Dodgers’ Manager in 2011

Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly will replace Joe Torre as the team’s manager next season, the Major League Baseball team said in a news release.

Torre has been a major-league manager for 28 seasons, including the last three for the Dodgers. Mattingly, who has never been a manager, left the New York Yankees with Torre to join the Dodgers as hitting coach in November 2007. He stepped aside in January 2008 due to personal reasons before returning to the team the following July.

“Over the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Don closely and have gotten to know him both personally and professionally and I’m convinced that he’s the right person to lead the Dodgers,” said General Manager Ned Colletti. “His work ethic is unparalleled, his baseball knowledge is vast and his leadership skills have been established during more than three decades in professional baseball.”

Torre led the Dodgers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. The team is 72-75 this year, 11 games back in the National League West.

Torre joined the Dodgers after 12 years as manager of the Yankees, a run that produced a postseason berth each year and four World Series titles.

Mattingly, a six-time All-Star, had a .307 batting average with 222 home runs and 1,099 runs batted in during 14 seasons with the Yankees.

The Dodgers have been operating this season under front- office uncertainty generated by the divorce proceedings between Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie. Frank McCourt claims in the court case to be the team’s sole owner, while Jamie McCourt says she is a co-owner. Forbes Magazine has valued the Dodgers at $727 million.

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