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Old 08-09-2006, 06:06 PM   #300
Breck Bronc
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My next selection will be my favorite player when I was a kid, Don Mattingly, 1B, New York Yankees.

I'm picking Donnie Baseball more for his great glove than his bat, which was pretty damn good, too. I'd much rather have Mattingly playing 1B and letting Hank Greenberg DH.

Between 1983 and 1989 there weren't many better ballplayers than Don Mattingly. Then his back started to become a problem, robbing him of his power, though he still put together good seasons in 1993 and 1994.

My favorite Mattingly moment was when he hit a home run in the 1995 ALDS vs. Seattle (his first and only postseason series) and the Yankee Stadium crowd very loudly chanted, "Donnie Baseball, clap, clap, clap clap clap, Donnie Baseball" until he came out for a curtain call.

His entry in the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (ranked the #12 first basemen of all-time) is short and sweet, "100% ballplayer, 0% bull****".



Code:
Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 1982 21 NYY AL   7   12    0    2   0  0   0    1   0  0   0   1  .167  .154  .167    2   0   1   0   0   2
 1983 22 NYY AL  91  279   34   79  15  4   4   32   0  0  21  31  .283  .333  .409  114   2   2   5   1   8
 1984 23 NYY AL 153  603   91  207  44  2  23  110   1  1  41  33  .343  .381  .537  324   8   9   8   1  15
 1985 24 NYY AL 159  652  107  211  48  3  35  145   2  2  56  41  .324  .371  .567  370   2  15  13   2  15
 1986 25 NYY AL 162  677  117  238  53  2  31  113   0  0  53  35  .352  .394  .573  388   1  10  11   1  17
 1987 26 NYY AL 141  569   93  186  38  2  30  115   1  4  51  38  .327  .378  .559  318   0   8  13   1  16
 1988 27 NYY AL 144  599   94  186  37  0  18   88   1  0  41  29  .311  .353  .462  277   0   8  14   3  13
 1989 28 NYY AL 158  631   79  191  37  2  23  113   3  0  51  30  .303  .351  .477  301   0  10  18   1  15
 1990 29 NYY AL 102  394   40  101  16  0   5   42   1  0  28  20  .256  .308  .335  132   0   3  13   3  13
 1991 30 NYY AL 152  587   64  169  35  0   9   68   2  0  46  42  .288  .339  .394  231   0   9  11   4  21
 1992 31 NYY AL 157  640   89  184  40  0  14   86   3  0  39  43  .288  .327  .416  266   0   6   7   1  11
 1993 32 NYY AL 134  530   78  154  27  2  17   86   0  0  61  42  .291  .364  .445  236   0   3   9   2  20
 1994 33 NYY AL  97  372   62  113  20  1   6   51   0  0  60  24  .304  .397  .411  153   0   4   7   0   8
 1995 34 NYY AL 128  458   59  132  32  2   7   49   0  2  40  35  .288  .341  .413  189   0   8   7   1  17
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
 14 Seasons         7003      2153     20     1099      9     444  .307  .358  .471       13  96 136  21 191
               1785      1007      442    222       14    588                       3301
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