The anchors of his professional life might be about to be kicked out from under him, but Don Mattingly was a man at ease as we sat and chatted. He had an air of serenity about him, really.
We were talking about the looming sale of the Miami Marlins, and how the manager of the team has to steer his players through the choppy waters of uncertainty, and after a few words Mattingly let out a little chuckle.
“Having been through that …” he said.
He did not finish the sentence, but he did not need to. The mischievous twinkle in his eye said it all. As his old New York Yankees buddy Yogi Berra said, it’s déjà vu all over again.
Five years after Mattingly led...