Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly
Birthdate 04/20/1961
Death Date
Debut Year 1982
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees
Positions First Base, Manager

Nine Gold Gloves, three Silver Sluggers Awards, and the 1985 Most Valuable Player plaque adorn the trophy case of Don Mattingly.

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After hitting .278 his first two seasons, Mattingly hit .343 to win the 1984 batting crown

After hitting .278 his first two seasons, Mattingly hit .343 to win the 1984 batting crown

Don Mattingly debuted for the Yankees as a September call up in 1982. In 7 games he hit two singles in 12 at bats. The following year Mattingly got into 91 contests, hitting .283 with four home runs and 32 RBI in 305 at bats. Few predicted the stardom that followed. The 1984 campaign was a breakout
Don Mattingly was one of Major League Baseball's best from 1984-1989

Don Mattingly was one of Major League Baseball's best from 1984-1989

For a brief time, Don Mattingly was among the best players in baseball. From 1984-1989 he hit .327 and averaged 27 homers and 114 RBI. An All Star in each of those six seasons, Mattingly earned five Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers during the period. In the first half of the run he was even bet
At his peak, Don Mattingly was a Hall of Famer; voters decided that peak wasn't long enough

At his peak, Don Mattingly was a Hall of Famer; voters decided that peak wasn't long enough

The Hall of Fame rewards baseball excellence. It also puts great value on longevity. Without a doubt Don Mattingly was one of the game’s best players during the 1980s. He hit .323 with a 1.015 OPS during the decade. The 1984 batting champ earned 5 Gold Gloves, 6 All Star selections, 3 Silver S
Don Mattingly was the Dodger skipper for the franchise's 10,000th win

Don Mattingly was the Dodger skipper for the franchise's 10,000th win

After a distinguished playing career that included nine Gold Gloves, six All-Star games, a batting title, and an MVP Award, Don Mattingly turned to coaching. At first he was a special instructor at spring training, then hitting coach, and finally bench coach for his mentor Joe Torre in 2007. When th

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Former Yankee Captain Don Mattingly reflects on Derek Jeter

July 30th, 2016 Leave a comment

Miami manager Don Mattingly spent his first 23 years in professional baseball in the New York Yankee organization, first as a player, then as a coach. In 1995, his final year as a player, the team called up a 20-year old shortstop named Derek Jeter. Jeter went on to become the Yankee’s all-time hit king, the first in franchise history to eclipse the 3,000-hit mark. When Jeter went 5-for-5 on July 9th, 2011 to enter the exclusive club, Mattingly sent him a text to congratulate his former teammate. Mattingly feels special connection “I feel that special connection with him after watching come out of high school and seeing him progress,” Mattingly said. The Marlins skipper was asked if he could predict greatness for Jeter when the shortstop first came up. “Honestly, it was impossible to see when he broke in,” Mattingly admitted. “I did see a quick progression. It seemed like a short period of time, but it was like 2 ½ years and you’re like, ‘Wow, he’s made some big jumps!’.” Big jumps indeed. After his initial cup of coffee in the big leagues, Jeter began 1996 as New York’s regular shortstop, hitting .314 and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Jeter’s career takes […]

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HoFer Bert Blyleven gave Don Mattingly an earful in ’84!

August 5th, 2015 Leave a comment

After fourteen years on the ballot, Bert Blyleven got elected in 2011, his final year on the Writers’ ballot. The first Dutch-born inductee, Blyleven was a practical joker off the field, and a competitor on it. Renowned for having one of the game’s best curveballs, Blyleven could also bring the heat. Just ask former Yankee Don Mattingly. The first time the two squared off was in August of 1984 at Cleveland’s Lakefront Stadium. Blyleven was in the midst of one of his finest seasons. The Dutchman went 19-7 with a 2.87 ERA that year and finished fourth in the American League in strikeouts. Mattingly was near the apex of his career, finishing the year as the A.L. batting champ, leading the league with 207 hits, and 44 doubles. “The first at bat, I hit a seed, a one-hopper right at the first basemen,” Mattingly said. Feeling confident Mattingly came up for his second at bat ready to do some damage. “I was like all right, I’m going to hit him hard again,” Mattingly recalled. Did the confidence pay off? “The first pitch was right at my chin and knocked me down on my ass,” said a smiling Mattingly. After dusting himself off, the slugger dug […]

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8 responses to “Don Mattingly”

  1. Hector says:

    He was a pure hitter. He should go to the baseball Hall fame

  2. victor rosenthal says:

    I always felt Mattingly should make the Hall based on what I call “The Koufax Rule.” Koufax made the hall, despite a ‘short’ career, because for 5 years he was, without question, the best pitcher in the Majors.

  3. Harry says:

    Definitely a Hall of Famer!

  4. Paul says:

    Stats similar to Kirby Puckett. Mattingly also was a great defensive first baseman and changed the game with the way he held runners on. I think he should be in the Hall.

  5. patrick says:

    A must for the Hall !!!!!

  6. Tom Kennedy says:

    He excelled on offense and defense. Completely dominating in his prime. Either holds or held the record for most grand slams in a season. The problem is the longer you are away from the game as a player, you get forgotten. Most of the writers from that era are retired, and the new group of writers have no clue.

  7. Tom DeVito says:

    He was Mr. Yankee. He was great offensively and defensively. Koufax. Larry Bird were the greatest for a short period of time but were considered Hall of Famers always. Don Mattingly was always considered a Hall of Famer and longevity has nothing to do with it. Facts and credentials are there. Total injustice!!!

  8. Laslo Lipshitz says:

    Any comparison to Koufax is apples to oranges. Koufax quit at 31 after what may have been the most dominant five years of pitching the game has ever seen. Don quit at 34 having put up Hall of Very Good stats for six seasons beyond what was his peak.

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