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Andrew Friedman was introduced to the media today as the Dodgers president of baseball operations.

During the press conference, Friedman was asked about the future of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Friedman’s answer put to rest the idea that Joe Maddon will follow Friedman to the Dodgers, at least for now.

“[Don] Mattingly will definitely manage the Dodgers next season,” said Friedman. “I’m looking forward to working with Donnie for a long time.”

Of course, this does not eliminate the idea of Maddon eventually managing the Dodgers. This just means that Maddon will manage the Rays in 2014.

But until Maddon signs an extension beyond his current contract which expires at the end of next season, the cloud of Friedman and the Dodgers will hover over The Trop again next winter.

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  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Friedman did raise some eyebrows when he announced "I've made one dream come true by being a baseball executive and now I look forward to doing the same in the NFL." When pressed to clarify, he said "the chance to bring football back to the LA market is just too good to pass up. I expect we will compete for the Lombardi trophy in short order." At one point slurring his words, he went on to tell the crowd he had been a finalist for the 1998 Heisman trophy, a fact as of yet unverified. "Football's my frickin' life, you nimrods" he concluded, tears welling in his eyes, at which point he kissed co-owner Magic Johnson on the lips and left the press conference.

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