dmendro wrote:For those in a coma or not yet born during the 80's, Don Mattingly was a terror on the diamond, both defensively and offensively. He finished in the top 5 for MVP voting 3 times, runner up once and MVP winner once. 9 times GG winner, 3 times Silver Slugger winner, 5 time all-star, one of the few hitters out there that walked more then he struck out and was a major contributer to baseball both on and off the field.
I was born in the 1960s and Mattingly was only a terror at bat for 1984-86. After that he was decidedly average for a first baseman, and from age 29 he was barely even average for any player. Similarly, while a great fielder early in his career, his last 5 or 6 GG, like is often the case with GG, were awarded for reputation, not performance.
If Mattingly had continued his early career performance for another half dozen years, then had additional years of good performance, he might have a case. But, on his actual performance, he's not even within spitting distance.