Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers announce three-year contract extension

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly responds to

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly responds to questions during a news conference before a game against the New York Yankees. The game was later postponed due to rain. (June 18, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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LOS ANGELES - Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016.

The Dodgers announced the deal on Wednesday.

Mattingly has a 260-225 record in his first three seasons with the Dodgers, who reached the NL championship series, which automatically triggered an extension of his contract that was set to expire at the end of last season.

Mattingly was runner-up for NL manager of the year last season.

General manager Ned Colletti says Mattingly has done "a great job" with the team and his new deal is "well-deserved."

After the Dodgers were eliminated by St. Louis in the playoffs, Mattingly said the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal.

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