Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers stuck to their Bud Dupree Elite Jerseyscripts Thursday, insisting they agreed to a mutual parting of the ways while never revealing the exact reason he won't return as manager.
Like a publicist announcing the demise of a Hollywood marriage, the parties insisted the split was amicable. Mattingly even suggested he ''will be friends like forever'' with his former bosses.
''I don't really want http://www.steelersnflofficialonline.com/Authentic-Bud-Dupree-Jerseyto get into details of our conversations. They were good conversations, they were open and they were honest,'' Mattingly said by phone from his offseason home in Evansville, Indiana. ''It just became evident that this was the best thing for both parties.''
At Dodger Stadium, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi parroted the same vacuous message.
''It was kind of organic,'' Friedman said. ''It just kind of crystalized that is something La'el Collins Jerseythat potentially made a lot of sense.''
Before they came to that conclusion, the parties discussed extending Mattingly's contract beyond next year, its final season.
But something clearly changed as the discussions wore on. Exactly what it was neither side would specify.
''It came back to this was the right time and right thing,'' Mattingly said. ''Andrew, Farhan and Josh (Byrnes) are great guys and they're going to do great things. The organization is in great shape.''
Mattingly said he felt wanted, his players backed him, and Friedman and Zaidi expressed their respect and admiration for him, making it all the more puzzling why he's walking away from a storied organization that boasts baseball's highest payroll.