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Don Mattingly

  • Team: New York Yankees
  • Birthdate: April 20, 1961 in Evansville, IN
  • Positions: 1B
  • Hall of Fame: ???

 

Team AVG AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB
Career(14 yrs) .307 7003 2153 1007 442 20 222 1099 588 444 14
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CAREER BRIEFLY:

George Steinbrenner’s style may make it difficult to be a fan of any Yankee, but Don Mattingly was the type of player who was hard not to like.  “Donnie Baseball” earned his nickname because as famed statistician Bill James said, he was “100 percent baseball, 0 percent bulls---.”  Though he came up through the Yankees organization as an outfielder that could only hit for average, Mattingly switched to first base, and eventually developed some pop in his bat.  In 1985, he took advantage of the short right field corner in Yankee Stadium to achieve career highs in home runs and RBI (35 and 145).  He won his only MVP that year, as well as his first of nine Gold Gloves.  He hit over .300 in every season between 1984 and 1989 before back problems began to affect his production.  He still played great defense, but his numbers became average for a first baseman, and his career ended at age 34.

LEGACY:

Don Mattingly earned the respect of everybody around the league, and fans wish that every player had his work ethic.  He’ll also be remembered for making an appearance on “The Simpsons” as part of an All-Star softball team.

WHERE IS HE NOW?

Don Mattingly works as a hitting coach for the New York Yankees.

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