PITTSBURGH (CBSLA.com/AP) — Don Mattingly is eagerly looking forward to his first visit in uniform to the Bronx since 2007.
The former Yankees star and current Dodgers manager will be back Tuesday night when Los Angeles opens a two-game interleague series at New York.
The Dodgers have not played in the Bronx since clinching the 1981 World Series at the old Yankee Stadium.
Mattingly left the Yankees as their bench coach after the 2007 season when he was bypassed in favor of Joe Girardi as a replacement for manager Joe Torre.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Mattingly said Sunday after the Dodgers lost 6-3 to Pittsburgh. “It will be fun to see a lot of people again. I have nothing but good memories of New York and being a Yankee. I’m proud of everything we did there.”
Mattingly followed Torre to the Dodgers and spent three years on the coaching staff before becoming manager prior to the 2011 season. He was on the Yankees’ coaching staff for four years.
The Yankees retired Mattingly’s No. 23 after he played 14 seasons for them as a first baseman. He was the American League MVP in 1985, won nine Gold Gloves and three Silver Slugger awards, and was selected to six All-Star Games.
Mattingly has made one visit to the new Yankee Stadium. That came in 2010 for the unveiling of a plaque that commemorated late owner George Steinbrenner
Mattingly says he has no ill feelings about the Yankees skipping over him as manager.
“Not one bit,” Mattingly said. “Everything worked out for the best. I love being the manager of the Dodgers and am proud to work for another great organization.”
The Dodgers are coming off a 6-3 Loss to Pittsburgh, dropping their first series against the Pirates in three years and falling to a season-worst ten games under .500.
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