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Don Mattingly is Jeffrey Loria's 'preferred choice' to manage Marlins

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Mattingly, however, might not be available depending on how well the Dodgers play in the postseason.

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Jeffrey Loria wants Don Mattingly to become the next manager of the Miami Marlins. But Mattingly has to be both available and willing to manage the club moving forward.

Miami is expected to interview as many as 20 candidates, but according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, some "believe Loria is ultimately hoping to land Mattingly."

While Mattingly might be Loria's ideal candidate given his experience, there is still a chance he remains with the Dodgers. Despite falling to the Mets on Friday night in game one of the National League Division Series, Los Angeles still has an opportunity to bounce back and win the series.

However, as Heyman adds, if the Dodgers fail to make it past the first or second round, there is a chance the Dodgers consider making a managerial change.

Loria reportedly "developed a relationship with Mattingly" and as a result would like to see him the Marlins' dugout. Loria is known to be involved in key personnel decisions, likely making the good relationship significant in his eyes.

The Marlins ended the season at 71-91 but were plagued by injuries throughout 2015. A core that features Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez is expected to continue to develop and help the Marlins compete next season.

After the Marlins struggled over the first month and a half of the season, the club opted to fire Mike Redmond. Instead of pursuing an experienced candidate, the organization asked then-General Manager Dan Jennings to take over in the dugout. Despite a notably successful month of September, the Marlins did not ask Jennings to return as manager. Miami is seeking a candidate with previous managerial experience to take over in 2016.

Bo Porter, Manny Acta, Larry Bowa and Phil Nevin, the manager of Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, have all reportedly interviewed for the job. Dusty Baker has also been linked to the opening in recent weeks.