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40. Don Mattingly

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40.  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! - 74.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%

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! - 74.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%