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Don Mattingly Has 3 Silver Slugger Awards

Don Mattingly Has 3 Silver Slugger Awards

As if you needed further proof that Don Mattingly was the best hitting first baseman in the American League during the prime of his career….

Mattingly won the Silver Slugger award during three consecutive seasons, 1985-87. In ’85, he hit .324 with 211 hits. In ’86, he hit .352 with 238 hits. And in 1987, he hit .327 with 186 hits.

Solid stuff right there!!

So, who ended Mattingly’s three-year reign? In 1988 the AL Silver Slugger Award for first base went to a man by the name of George Brett. Brett hit .306 with 180 hits in ’87 while Mattingly hit .311 with 186 hits. Close, very close..

Don Mattingly Is A 6-Time All-Star!!

Don Mattingly Is A 6-Time All-Star!!

The first six full seasons of Don Mattingly’s major league baseball career are on part with those of many baseball legends.

In fact, in his first six full seasons, Mattingly made the All-Star team each time. From 1983-1989, Mattingly was a fixture at the mid-summer classic. ANd rightfully so!!

The best all-around player at first base in the American League, it can be easily argued that he was the best first baseman in either league. And to be honest, he was probably the best first baseman of the decade!!

So there.

Don Mattingly – The 1985 American League MVP

Don Mattingly – The 1985 American League MVP

After putting together a solid campaign in 1984 which culminated with 207 hits and a matting title, Don Mattingly followed the ’84 season up by being named the Most Valuable Player in 1985.

The ’85 AL MVP was on top of the baseball world, and his stats spoke for themselves. Tallying 211 hits, Mattingly amassed a .324 batting average while striking out just 41 times in 727 plate appearances. Mattingly’s power numbers were solid as well – 48 doubles, 35 home runs, 145 RBI, and 107 runs scored.

Very valuable indeed!

Don Mattingly & The 1984 American League Batting Title

Don Mattingly & The 1984 American League Batting Title

It’s not too often that a young player can enter the league and make the kind of impact at the plate that Don Mattingly did. Sure, one may come along and launch a bunch of home runs, but to lead the league in hitting at the age of just 23 and in your first full major league season is simply incredible.

And that is precisely what Don Mattingly did in 1984. Playing in 153 games for the New York Yankees, Mattingly led the American League with a .343 batting average. He topped teammate Dave Winfield, a 10-year veteran, by three points!

Happy Birthday Don Mattingly!!!

Happy Birthday Don Mattingly!!!

Don Mattingly turns 53 years old today.

So, we’re going to continue a ’30-YOC’ tradition by dedicating today’s full day of posts to the fabulous career of Don Mattingly, aka Donnie Baseball!!!

As time passes, my appreciation for Mattingly grows considerably. From an offensive standpoint, there was nothing Mattingly could not do. A blend of contact and power hitting were some of Mattingly’s greatest strengths. And defensively at first base there was no-one better during his playing days. 9 Gold Gloves, 3 Silver Slugger Awards, and an MVP Award later and you have an extremely solid career from one of baseball’s biggest stars during the 80′s.

When you talk about the most well-rounded players from his era, Don Mattingly has to be one of the first names mentioned. Due to his incredible talents, Mattingly was wildly popular. During his time with the Yankees, he was the team leader and captain. And now more than 20 years removed, he remains a favorite of collectors today.

Happy Birthday to Donnie Baseball!!

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

I tell you what, Bowman’s product is sharp!

Need proof?

Have a look at the 2013 Bowman Platinum card of Andrew McCutchen:

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I told you!

The card features a great, action-packed image that is brimming with color.  I like how Bowman allows for the image to be the main attraction while still giving us a very nice graphic element.

Welcome to ‘Design 101′ courtesy of Bowman.

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Oh yeah, anytime you can add a card limited to just 25 copies to your collection, you should go for it. And if said card happens to feature your favorite player of all-time, it is worth taking and making the extra effort to bring the card home.

And that is precisely what I did when I landed this card of Andre Dawson from the 2004 Leaf Certified Materials set.  The card featured Dawson in his Red Sox uniform, and as you can see below, this is the Gold version of the card.

The Gold cards were limited to just 25 copies.  Mine is numbered as 18/25.

Have a look:

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This is not the first card of Andre that I have scored from this set.  I have a small stack of cards from the regular issue, including the base cards and a few other serial numbered parallels.  I also have a few of the cards from the jersey and patch relic sets that feature Dawson.  And an autograph too!

Maybe there are some other gems from this issue out there for me to find.  If so, I’m ready to get them!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game. The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980′s. Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs placing him in 13th place on the all-time list.

Congratulations Mike and Happy Anniversary!!!

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Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

When I was putting away cards the other night, I got to my Andrew McCutchen collection and realized that while I had shown off the 2014 Topps Opening Day card of ‘Cutch’ that I picked up at my local baseball card show, I never showed off the base card from the 2014 issue that I picked up prior.

So, here it is:

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The card is the same as the Opening Day card that was issued a few months after.  The lone difference is that the Opening Day card has a very classic ‘Opening Day’ logo on the front as well.

I love that swing!

Did You Know…

In the history of the Detroit Tigers, three pitchers have won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.  They are:  Denny McClain, Guilermo Hernandez, and Justin Verlander.

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