Donald Arthur Mattingly was born on April 20th, 1961 in Evansville, Indiana. He was affectionately referred to as “The Hit Man” and “Donnie Baseball.” He spent his entire career playing for the New York Yankees but was never able to cash in on a World Series championship.
Mattingly amassed a fantastic career in baseball. He had a career average of .307, hit 222 career home runs, and drove in 1,099 runs. He won the American League MVP in 1985. He was a 6-time All-Star and he won an amazing 9 Gold Glove Awards. After all of that production, his career was cut short due to back problems. He only made it to the playoffs one time with the Yankees and that was in 1995.
He then retired after that 1995 season only to watch the Yankees win it all in 1996. He made his return to baseball as the Yankees hitting coach from 2004–2007. He would go on to become the hitting coach and then manager of the Dodgers. As manager of the Dodgers, he went 446-363 and had 3 straight first-place finishes. It was just not enough, and he was let go following the 2015 season.
Afterwards, Mattingly became the Marlins manager in 2016. It happened right before a major rebuild and Mattingly owns a 307-399 record with the team. In 2020, the team made a dramatic turnaround in a shortened season and made the playoffs. Mattingly then won the Manager of the Year Award, which was simply the icing on the cake. The team has enough talent on the way and with a top-tier manager like Mattingly, this team could make some noise in the coming years.
By STEVE FARACE
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