According to Bob Nightengale, Toronto Blue Jays team coach Don Mattingly will serve as a consultant to the Nashville Stars, a group led by former star player and general manager Dave Stewart looking to secure an expansion team. America Today.
Nightengale adds that Mattingly continues to be the coach of the Blue Jays in addition to advising on Nashville’s expansion efforts, called Music City Baseball.
“The approach by Dave Stewart and his team in Nashville is exactly what baseball needs. I’m glad to see Major League Baseball actively approach these important issues. We need more diversity in the game, and that’s top-down,” Mattingly told Nightengale. starting.
The former New York Yankees star joined the Blue Jays in late November as an exceptional coach on the coaching staff led by John Schneiders.
The 61-year-old coached the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011 to 2015, then the Miami Marlins from 2016 until last season. He and the team parted ways after a 69-93 campaign. In 2020, Mattingly won the National League Manager of the Year award, helping the Marlins reach the playoffs for only the third time in franchise history.
Along with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City and named after the Negro Leagues team that played in Nashville from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the Stars group is seeking Major League Baseball approval for an Expansion Dealer in Nashville. ”. Their website describes itself as “an organization of Nashville business, sports, music and community leaders” determined to bring a Major League franchise to Nashville as a central part of a mixed-use, multi-themed family, sports and fitness plan. in the entertainment district. »
In 2018, commissioner Rob Manfred pointed to Nashville as a possible target for expansion and said he would “love” to increase the number to 32 teams last summer.
MLB had a final expansion in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays were born.
Stewart also played with the Blue Jays, who spent two seasons with the team, including being a member of the 1993 World Series winning team.