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48.  Don Mattingly
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 20, 1961 in Evansville, IN USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: September 08, 1982
  • Final Game: October 01, 1995
  • TSN All-Star - 1984
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1984
  • Gold Glove - 1985
  • Most Valuable Player - 1985
  • Silver Slugger - 1985
  • TSN All-Star - 1985
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1985
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1985
  • Gold Glove - 1986
  • Silver Slugger - 1986
  • TSN All-Star - 1986
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1986
  • Gold Glove - 1987
  • Silver Slugger - 1987
  • TSN All-Star - 1987
  • Gold Glove - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1991
  • Gold Glove - 1992
  • Gold Glove - 1993
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1993
  • Gold Glove - 1994
 
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One of the most popular Yankees of all time was Don Mattingly.  This was a very impressive reality considering that the year before he turned pro the Bronx Bombers lost to Dodgers in the World Series and the year after he retired they won the championship.  During Mattingly’s entire tenure, the Yankees never went to the Fall Classic; the largest stretch of post season futility in franchise history.

The failure of the Yanks to win the World Series was through no fault of Don Mattingly.  He was easily amongst the best in the game in the last half of the 80’s, winning an MVP, multiple Gold Gloves and churning out hits.

Once the 90’s hit, Mattingly’s production steadily declined (though his popularity in the Bronx remained high) due to constant back issues.  He finally made it to the Post Season in 1995, and though he performed admirably, the Yankees failed to make the World Series.  He abruptly retired at the age of 34 once New York signed Tino Martinez and though he could have still contributed to a Major League Baseball team.  Had he continued to play, he would not have been an All Star anymore, but his career numbers may have been padded enough to make him a more serious contender for the Hall.  As it is now, the bulk of career stats were generated from six of his years and it appears that the Hall is looking down upon for him it.  Regardless of whether “Donnie Baseball” is honored in Cooperstown, he will always be honored in the Big Apple.

Should Don Mattingly be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 72.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.7%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Monday, 01 January 2001
  • Position: First Base
  • Played For: New York Yankees
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Valuable Player (1) (AL) (1985)
    6 Time All Star (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Gold Gloves (9) (AL) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 & 1994)
    Silver Slugger (3) (AL) (1985, 1986 & 1987)
    Batting Titles (1) (AL) (1985)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (AL) (1986)
    Most Hits (2) (AL) (1984 & 1986)
    Most Doubles (3) (AL) (1984, 1985 & 1986)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (AL) (1985)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1986)
    Highest OPS+ (1) (AL) (1986)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (AL) (1985)
  • Other Points of Note: Other Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 1985 AL MVP)
    (AL: 1984, 5th), (AL: 1986, 2nd) & (AL: 1987, 7th)
    The Sporting News Player of the Year (1985)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Trophy (1993)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 63. Intentional Walks: 136
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2001: 28.2
    2002: 20.3
    2003: 13.7
    2004: 12.8
    2005: 11.4
    2006: 12.3
    2007: 9.9
    2008: 15.8
    2009: 11.9
    2010: 16.1
    2011: 13.6
    2012: 17.8
    2013: 13.2
    2014: 8.2
    2015: 9.1
  • Should be Inducted As A: New York Yankee

Should Don Mattingly be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 72.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.7%

Comments   

0 #5 F. Healy 2018-08-18 17:51
Quoting P Smith:
There is a written rule requiring at least ten years in MLB to be eligible for the hall.

There is an UNwritten rule requiring at least eight truly great seasons to be eligible.

Mattingly had only six great seasons. He was a great player, but didn't do enough and will never get in.


With respect, "unwritten rules" are as meaningless and of as much value as the paper they're written on, if you understand my meaning.
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+5 #4 John Smith 2015-04-30 04:38
Here is a bit of trivia, Mattingly has the record for most Gold Gloves by a player with a .300 average who is not in the Hall of Fame, Had he won 9 Gold Gloves at any other position with the same offensive numbers he would be in but people don't appreciate defense at first base.
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+4 #3 JohnfromNH 2015-03-29 23:27
He should be in...lifetim e .307 hitter, an AVERAGE sesaon for him would be .307/20/100, with 200 hits, 40 doubles, 50 walks, 300 total bases...and only 40 strikeouts. He isn't spectacular at anything (aside from putting the bat on the ball), but he's REALLY good at EVERYTHING.

Note: I say this as a lifelong Red Sox fan!
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0 #2 Lance Roten 2014-02-17 22:31
Great: 84-87.
Above average: 88-89,92-93.
His one and only playoff series was great.
As big a Mattingly fan as I was and still am, I just don't see enough in the body of work to get him in.
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-5 #1 P Smith 2013-01-11 19:42
There is a written rule requiring at least ten years in MLB to be eligible for the hall.

There is an UNwritten rule requiring at least eight truly great seasons to be eligible.

Mattingly had only six great seasons. He was a great player, but didn't do enough and will never get in.
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