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Report: Dodgers plan on Mattingly returning

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Win or lose in the National League Championship Series and possibly the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers want Don Mattingly back as manager next year, according to a report.

Mattingly has not signed a contract for 2014, leading to speculation that the Dodgers might consider going in another direction. The team holds an option for 2014 at a reported $1.4 million.

Dodgers managing partner Mark Walter indicated to CBSSports.com on Tuesday night that Mattingly's status will be addressed after the season, but there appears to be support for his return. Team president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti ultimately will make the decision.

"I think he's done a good job," Walter told CBSSports.com. "We're in the NLCS."

The Dodgers trail the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 entering Wednesday's Game 5 of the NLCS.

Earlier in the season, Mattingly's job was in jeopardy when the Dodgers were in last place in the National League West and 9 1/2 games out in June. But the team made a dramatic turnaround and ran away with the division title despite dealing with numerous injuries to key players throughout the season and playoffs.

"We can't feel bad about where we are," Walter said. "Only four teams make it to the LCS. You can't feel bad if you don't win the World Series every single year. Do we want to go further? Sure."

Mattingly, who is completing his second season as Dodgers manager, also seems to have the support of his players. Catcher A.J. Ellis hopes the skipper returns next year.

"The way he navigated this season, he's definitely earned it," Ellis said. "It isn't my call, but all I cay say is, I hope so. I've never been around a more consistent person in my life. He brings the same attitude every day. He's an eternal optimist."
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