swingline wrote:1) Did Mattingly play a skill position?
2) Was he the best offensive player at that position over those 5-6 years?
Being the best at a position for 5-6 years is not enough for me. It may be the swing vote, but it really doesn't sway me. And I'm willing to think about CF as needing a bit more skill, but I don't necessarily agree with that either. It needs someone who is either quick, speedy, and/or agile. At least, it helps.
Incidentally, his career fielding percentage is about even with the league. While his range appears to be 10% above average. Someone like Mays was slightly above average in Fielding percentage, but 30+% better in range. That sort of percentage is more convincing to me. (I think I'm reading the results correctly, but I'm sure someone will tell me if I'm not).
Pretty interesting discussion, as he has been more successful than I realized, but he isn't quite there yet. Of course, he's still got time.