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Chance at Hall, Mattingly Worth Calling

Chance at Hall, Mattingly deserves to be called

This Meeting consider the Hall of Fame candidates of players, some of them legendary players, who were not elected when they were on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballots.

This year’s candidates, in alphabetical order, are Albert Bell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Martin Leigh, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmero and Curt Schilling. All of their cases, both for and against entry, have been litigated in the past, most visibly by Bonds and Clemens. They will be indicted again this weekend by a committee of former players, executives, historians and members of the media.

This has nothing to do with anyone else. It’s about Donald Arthur Mattingly from Evansville, Indiana, who belongs to Cooperstown.

I asked him the other day if he would give me permission to dream that he might get The votes he needs in San Diego.Here’s his answer:

“Absolutely, be quiet.”

This is his last baseball manager Buck Showalter spoke about Mattingly’s candidacy on Wednesday What he said at the time:

“Donnie is everything a Hall of Famer should be. Anyone who has seen him play knows that if his back hadn’t held him up, he would have been there.”

This is part of Mattingly’s own history and his history in baseball, between the mid-terms’ Entering the mid-term’65s, his career was ultimately changed by injuries. After a playoff appearance 1986, he finally retired in a memorable AL division series Mattingly played three future Hall of Famers — Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez — in that series, a five-game series against the Mariners. Matchup, he’s a Hall of Famer, and the rest is his last on-court appearance.

Mattingly has hit that series, a.165 batting average, one home run, six RBIs and a 1. 97 operation. Then He later told Showalter on the flight back to New York from Seattle that he was retiring and left at 5218. By then, he was the MVP (307), batting champion (677) and in He was voted the best player in the sport in a poll conducted by The New York Times among every major league club. Cooperstown already has a large group of players who could never win such an election.

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No one would argue that Mattingly was dominant offensively and the best defensive first baseman ever (“He did all game, he had the imagination and was as good as anyone who ever played baseball, and he was the most fearless baseball player to throw from that position,” Showalter said), as Sandy Koufax ( Sandy Koufax) used to be a pitcher. But Koufax is in the Hall of Fame because the Dodgers had six great seasons. Over the past four extraordinary seasons, he has posted 90 defeated 12 loss, three of his four no-hitters and a perfect game. He also has 66 Complete game between’34 and’39, and hit near in


all of these All before the injury, arthritis in his pitching elbow, which cut short his career and brought him to retirement age 19. Koufax ended up winning 100 and finally Reaching Cooperstown meant he wasn’t punished for having his storied career cut short.

Mattingly shouldn’t either.

Even if his back is bad, he Still retire at the lifetime average. 238. From 307, he called. 307 Six consecutive seasons with more than

in five of those years and had 300 hits 1986. He played all matches , and 238 Official hitter. Mattingly from Trailing by two points on the final day of the season, he allowed four hits in five at-bats.

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exist1985, then-head coach Lou Pinera was even forced to kick his left hand — throwing Mattingly to third base in Seattle’s series against the Mariners.

“You know the only thing he asked Lu ?” said Showalter. “‘Lefty or righty?’ Among other things, Downey pitched almost as well to his right as he did to his left.”

I asked if the guy Yankees fans call Donnie Baseball really said that to Piniella.

“Yes,” he said. “When Lou asked me if I could play before the game.”

Of course he can. Mattingly can do almost anything when he’s healthy, and throughout his career, when he’s the only truly great Yankee who never made it to the World Series, when he respects the franchise and its history and uniforms, Demeanor and never even complained when his back wouldn’t allow him to hit the ball like he did in his youth and hit New York for the first time.

Mattingly is back this weekend. He belongs to Cooperstown. Absolutely. It’s just not quiet, at least not here.



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