68 Facts About Don Mattingly


Donald Arthur Mattingly was born on April 20,1961 and is an American former professional baseball first baseman, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball.

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Don Mattingly graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana, and was selected by the Yankees in the 1979 amateur draft.

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Don Mattingly was named to the American League All-Star team six times.

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Don Mattingly won nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 AL batting title, and was the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player.

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Don Mattingly served as captain of the Yankees from 1991 through 1995, when he retired as a player.

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The Dodgers and Don Mattingly mutually parted ways after the 2015 season, and he became manager of the Miami Marlins in 2016.

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Don Mattingly remained with the Marlins until they mutually parted ways after the 2022 season.

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Don Mattingly pitched in Little League Baseball and was a first baseman, throwing both right-handed and left-handed, and was a member of the 1973 Great Scot Little League championship team in Evansville, Indiana, under the coaching of Pete Studer and Earl Hobbs.

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Don Mattingly was All-City, All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, and All-State in 1978 and 1979.

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Don Mattingly still holds Reitz Memorial records for hits, doubles, triples, runs batted in, and runs scored.

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Don Mattingly lasted in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft until the 19th round, when he was selected by the New York Yankees.

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Don Mattingly was not interested in attending college, so he chose to sign with the Yankees, receiving a $23,000 signing bonus.

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Don Mattingly began his professional career in Minor League Baseball with the Oneonta Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League in 1979.

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Don Mattingly won the league MVP award and was named to the postseason All-Star team.

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Don Mattingly was selected to play in the Southern League All-Star Game and named to its postseason All-Star team.

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Don Mattingly was named to the league's postseason All-Star team and finished third in the voting for the International League MVP Award.

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Don Mattingly made his Major League debut on September 8,1982, as a late inning defensive replacement against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Don Mattingly spent his rookie season of 1983 as a part-time first baseman and outfielder.

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Don Mattingly hit a league-leading 44 doubles to go with 23 home runs.

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Don Mattingly followed up his breakout season with a spectacular 1985, winning the MVP award in the American League.

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Don Mattingly was recognized in 1985 for his defense, winning his first of nine Gold Glove Awards.

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Don Mattingly was considered such an asset defensively that Yankees management assigned him to play games at second base and third base early in his career, even though he was a left-handed thrower.

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Don Mattingly appeared as a left-handed throwing second baseman for one-third of one inning, during the resumption of the George Brett "Pine Tar Incident" game in 1983.

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Don Mattingly played three games at third base during a five-game series against the Seattle Mariners in 1986.

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Don Mattingly had a better year in 1986, leading the league with 238 hits, 53 doubles, and breaking the single-season franchise records set by Earle Combs and Lou Gehrig ; both records had been set in 1927.

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Don Mattingly became the last left-handed player to field a ball at third base during a Major League game.

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Don Mattingly set a record by recording an extra base hit in ten consecutive games.

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Also that season, Don Mattingly set a major league record by hitting six grand slams in a season, a record matched by Travis Hafner during the 2006 season.

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In June 1987, it was reported that Don Mattingly injured his back during some clubhouse horseplay with pitcher Bob Shirley though both denied this.

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Don Mattingly rebounded in 1989 to 113 RBIs, but his average dipped to.

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Don Mattingly underwent extensive therapy in the offseason, but his hitting ability was never quite the same.

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Don Mattingly did see a brief resurgence in power in 1993, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 86 runs in 134 games as the Yankees finished second in the division behind Toronto.

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Don Mattingly's defense remained stellar, but he was not always physically able to play.

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Don Mattingly made his major league debut in 1982, the year after the Yankees lost the World Series.

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In 1995, Don Mattingly finally reached the playoffs when the Yankees won the AL wild card on the next-to-last day of the season.

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Unsigned for the 1996 season, Don Mattingly decided to sit out for the year, and rebuffed an inquiry by the Baltimore Orioles, who tried to sign him at midseason.

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Don Mattingly spent three seasons in that role, receiving much praise from the Yankees organization and his players.

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On January 22,2008, Don Mattingly was replaced as hitting coach, citing family reasons, instead serving as major league special assignment coach for the Dodgers in 2008.

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Don Mattingly finished second in the voting for National League Manager of the Year.

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Don Mattingly stated that one of his managerial idols was Tony La Russa.

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Don Mattingly admired La Russa from his playing days with the Yankees in the late 1980s.

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Don Mattingly recalled that despite the A's superiority to the Yankees, they still played intensely.

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On September 29,2015, Don Mattingly became the first manager in the history of the Dodgers franchise, in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, to lead the team to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.

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On October 22,2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Don Mattingly mutually agreed to part ways, and he stepped down from his position in Los Angeles with one year left on his contract.

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Don Mattingly finished with a post–season record of eight wins and 11 losses and was the first manager in franchise history to guide the team to three straight post-season appearances.

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In fall of 2015, Don Mattingly signed a four-year contract to manage the Miami Marlins.

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Don Mattingly led the Marlins to win 79 games in his first year which had him place fifth in the final voting for NL Manager of the Year.

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In 2020, Don Mattingly led the Marlins to the NL Wild Card, leading them to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

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On September 25,2022, Don Mattingly stated that he and the Marlins mutually agreed that he would finish the season as manager, and not return to the role in 2023.

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Don Mattingly managed the MLB All-Star Team at the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.

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Don Mattingly is commonly cited as the best Yankee player to have never played in a World Series.

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Don Mattingly's career had bad timing, as the Yankees lost the World Series the year before he broke into the big leagues and they ended up winning the World Series in the first year of Mattingly's retirement, not to mention the Yankees had the best record in the American League in 1994 before the strike.

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Don Mattingly was on the Hall of Fame ballot from 2001 to 2015, never getting enough votes for induction.

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Don Mattingly had been grandfathered onto the ballot after the committee restricted eligibility to ten years.

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Don Mattingly is eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame via the Modern Baseball era committee.

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Don Mattingly has been honored by two minor league Halls of Fame.

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Don Mattingly was inducted in the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 1994 and the New York–Penn League Hall of Fame in 2015.

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In 2001, Don Mattingly was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame; his plaque displays his phenomenal high school and professional career.

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Don Mattingly was released by the Indians at the end of spring training, and re-signed with the Dodgers.

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Don Mattingly was from 2014 to 2015 a starting guard for the Lamar Cardinals basketball team, an NCAA Division I program in the Southland Conference.

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Don Mattingly remarried on December 10,2010, in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana.

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In 2005, Don Mattingly launched Don Mattingly Sports, a baseball and softball equipment company, based primarily around the patented V-Grip baseball and softball bats.

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Don Mattingly is the founder of Don Mattingly Charities, a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities.

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Don Mattingly appeared in a baseball-themed episode of The Simpsons, "Homer at the Bat".

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Don Mattingly was sporting a longish or mullet-like hair style, and when he refused to cut it, he was benched.

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Don Mattingly has appeared in public service announcements airing on the Spike TV network advocating fathers spending time with their children as part of the "True Dads" campaign to encourage men to take an active role in their children's lives.

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Don Mattingly is referred to by name in several episodes of Seinfeld.

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Don Mattingly appeared as a guest artist on Christian recording artist Matt Felts album, Based on a True Story.

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