At Bat: Don Mattingly
A 5-time AL All-Star in 14 seasons all spent in pinstripes, 'Donnie Baseball' is one of this generation (or maybe the previous generation) of Yankee fans' cult heroes. The 1985 AL MVP winner finished his career with over 2,100 Hits, 220 HR, and just 1 shy of 1,100 RBI. A career .307 hitter, Mattingly reached base at a clip of .358 while slugging .471. Mattingly wrapped up his career with an OPS+ of 127, a 6.29 RC/27, a career BRAA of 357, and an 85.0 WARP3, for saber guys. While the pain of never capturing a World Series ring stays with Mattingly to this day, he's no stranger to collecting hardware. As noted above, 1985 AL MVP, 9 Gold Glove Awards, 3 Silver Sluggers; at different points Mattingly led the league in AVG, SLG, OPS, Hits (twice), TB (twice), Doubles (three times), RBI, Adjusted OPS+ (twice), Runs Created, and EBH (twice).
(My computer's having issues right now copy/pasting, so if somebody would post his Baseball-Reference HoF Meter stats, that'd be great)
So, what else don't we know about Donnie? With the number of Yankee fans at the Cafe growing each day, I imagine he'll have a strong following -- and with the number of people who just denied Fred McGriff his HoF nomination -- well I imagine we'll have two sides to this coin...
So, is he in? Which ballot? No? Why or why not?
Remember, NO FLAMING/INSTIGATIN'!