Mattingly to be special assignment coach for Dodgers

Updated: January 22, 2008, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly won't be alongside Joe Torre in the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout for every game this year.

Mattingly will be moved from Dodgers hitting coach to major league special assignment coach for the 2008 season due to family reasons, the team said Tuesday. Mike Easler will replace Mattingly as hitting coach.

"Donnie is prioritizing his family first," his agent, Ray Schulte, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "The Dodgers have been very supportive, ...

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