LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre will be vacating the Los Angeles Dodgers managerial post following the 2010 season, and hitting coach Don Mattingly will take over for 2011.
Mattingly, who does not have any managing experience, will also serve at the helm of an Arizona Fall League team to help him prepare for the Dodgers' job.
"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've convinced that he's the right person to lead the Dodgers," said general manager Ned Coletti. "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, the eighth manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history, is in his third season with the club after spending 12 high-profile years with the Yankees. In each of his first two years with Los Angeles, the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS before bowing out to the Phillies, but the team has stumbled to a 72-75 record this season and is all but out of the playoff race.
Should the Dodgers miss the playoffs, it will break Torre's streak of 14 straight seasons in postseason play as a manager. The last time his team was eliminated in the regular season was during his five-plus year stint with the Cardinals.
Torre, who turned 70 years old in July, has 29 years of managing experience on his resume, including four World Series titles -- all with the Yankees. He is currently 251-220 with the Dodgers and 2,318-1,990 all-time, which is the fifth-highest win total for a manager in major league history.
"It has been an incredible honor to wear the Dodgers uniform, and I will always carry with me some very special memories from the past three seasons," Torre said. "This was not a decision I took lightly, but I believe it's the right one for myself and my family, and I'm truly thrilled that Donnie will be the one leading the Dodgers. It's time that the Dodgers had a new voice, and I have the utmost confidence in him. I know he's ready for the challenge."
Mattingly is expected to get his first managing gig after serving on Torre's coaching staff in New York and Los Angeles from 2004-present. He enjoyed a productive 14-year career -- all with the Yankees -- and recorded 2,153 hits, a .307 batting average, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI. He was named to six All- Star teams, won the AL MVP in 1985 and captured nine Gold Glove Awards.
"The opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers is truly an honor," Mattingly said. "There are few organizations in the world with the history, tradition and track record of success as the Dodgers. I'm looking forward to continuing what I came here to accomplish with Joe and that's to win a world championship."
The 49-year-old had a brief taste of managerial experience in an odd fashion earlier this season. Via several ejections, Mattingly was forced into the managerial role on July 20 against the Giants and had to remove closer Jonathan Broxton from the game after inadvertently making a second mound visit in an inning.
Mattingly was speaking with Broxton on the mound and left toward the dugout before turning around and walking back toward Broxton. Giants manager Bruce Bochy protested successfully that this constituted two visits, thereby forcing Broxton's removal. Mattingly put in George Sherrill, who promptly gave up the game-winning double to Andres Torres.
Following the game, it was determined that Broxton should have been allowed to pitch to one more batter before being forcibly removed from the contest.