NEW YORK — Don Mattingly really wanted that job.

"I pretty much threw myself 100 percent into it," he said. "But you get up and move on."

After 18 years in New York Yankees pinstripes, Mattingly is just that — disappointed, but not angry, and ready to manage somewhere in the majors.

Passed over by the Yankees when new manager Joe Girardi was picked to replace Torre, Mattingly said Tuesday he appreciated the opportunity to interview and was grateful for his time in New York.

The West Coast may be where he's heading now, especially if the Los Angeles Dodgers hire Torre to replace Grady Little, who resigned.

"I was never, ever guaranteed anything. Mr. Steinbrenner never said, 'Donnie come back, you're going to be the next manager,"' Mattingly said. "You have to earn your place and prove that you can do something, and I have no problems with that."

Once Girardi was offered the job, Mattingly told the Yankees he had no interest in coming back as a coach.

"I don't feel any ill will. I'm not sitting here — vengeance is not running through me at all," Mattingly said. "Trust me, I'm not all of a sudden going to start rooting for the Red Sox."

He said New York's decision "freed me up" to explore opportunities elsewhere.