Don Mattingly didn’t get the job when he interviewed to become Yankees manager five years ago, but that doesn’t mean the Dodgers manager is ruling out the possibility of ever returning to The Bronx. “I can see myself managing anywhere, honestly,” Mattingly said when asked if he ever could return to the Yankees down the road. Nevertheless, Mattingly said he is glad to be with the Dodgers. “I’m where I want to be,” Mattingly said before last night’s game was rained out in what would have been the Dodgers’ first game in The Bronx since winning the World Series in 1981. “I want to do a great job for our organization. If they don’t think I’m the guy for them or the right guy, then I want to keep managing, I’ll say that. That’s for sure.” His third season in Los Angeles has been particularly challenging, with the high-priced squad sitting at the bottom of the NL West with a 29-39 mark. “I love what I’m doing, even with as tough as this year has been,” Mattingly said. “I’m not going to sit here and say I want to come back here or anywhere else. I like where I’m at. I want to be there. ... The only thing that pushes me away from there is if they don’t want me. “We’ll see what door opens next. Hopefully there’s another door that opens.” Last night was Mattingly’s first time in the new Stadium in an opposing uniform after coming once in 2009 before a Mets game and again a year later for the unveiling of George Steinbrenner’s plaque. “It doesn’t feel any different,” Mattingly said. “It’s not the building, it’s the people.” Mattingly also said his years with the Yankees kept him from being overwhelmed during this turbulent season, when his job security has been in question.
Donnie dodging rough patch in return to Bronx
New York Post | Jun 19