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Donnie
Baseball

 

Don Mattingly, Known to the Baseball World as "Donnie Baseball", the nickname says it all. What other sports hero has a nickname that involves the name of his sport? I can't think of one. The name made popular by another major league player, Kirby Pucket, although originally coined by then NY Daily News writer Michael Kay. Also known to his fans as the Hitman, an honor no trophy could ever replace.

If he sticks with his premature retirement he would have had a great career. If he comes back he can only add to it. From the time he was chosen by the Yankees in the 19th round of the June 1979 free agent draft to the time he retired he has always given 110%. He was named captain February 28, 1991 a honor given only to player of special caliper. It may be some time before there is another one. He ranks sixth with 2000 hits as a Yankee behind Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra. In 1984 he won the American League Batting Championship with a .343 average and topped that off in 1985 with the first American League M.V.P. since Thurman Munson, leading the league with 145 RBI's. In 1986 he set the Yankee single season records for doubles (53) and hits (238). He tied Dale Long's record for most consecutive games hitting a home run (8) in 1987. Donnie also holds major league single-season record for most grand slams with six that same year. A 9-time Gold Glove winner (1985-89 and 1991-94), played in 6 All-Star games and one Division Championship.

 

The Hitman's Career Stats
Yr Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
1979 Oneonta .349 53 166 20 58 10 2 3 31 30 6 2
1980 Greensboro .358 133 494 92 177 32 5 9 105 59 33 8
1981 Nashville .314 141 547 74 172 35 4 7 98 64 55 4
1982 Columbus .315 130 476 67 150 24 2 10 75 50 24 1
  NYY .167 7 12 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1983 Columbus .340 43 159 35 54 11 3 8 37 29 14 2
  NYY .283 91 279 34 79 15 4 4 32 21 31 0
1984 NYY .343 153 603 91 207 44 2 23 110 41 33 1
1985 NYY .324 159 652 107 211 48 3 35 145 56 41 2
1986 NYY .352 162 677 117 238 53 2 31 113 53 35 0
1987 NYY .327 141 569 93 186 38 2 30 115 51 38 1
1988 NYY .311 144 599 94 186 37 0 18 88 41 29 1
1989 NYY .303 158 631 79 191 37 2 23 113 51 30 3
1990 NYY .256 102 394 40 101 16 0 5 42 28 20 1
1991 NYY .288 152 587 64 169 35 0 9 68 46 42 2
1992 NYY .288 157 640 89 184 40 0 14 86 39 43 3
1993 NYY .291 134 530 78 154 27 2 17 86 61 42 0
1994 NYY .304 97 372 62 113 20 1 6 51 60 24 0
1995 NYY .288 128 458 59 132 32 2 7 49 40 35 0

Minor League Totals

Yrs. Teams Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
5 4 .332 500 1842 288 611 112 16 37 346 323 132 17

Major League Totals

Yrs. Teams Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
14 1 .307 1785 7003 1007 2153 442 20 222 1099 588 444 13

 

1995 Post Season Stats
G AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI
5 .417 24 10 4 0 1 6

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