That’s right, ‘Donnie Baseball’ is celebrating his 48th birthday today!
As time passes, my appreciation for Mattingly grows considerably. First off, one of my blogger-buddies is a huge Mattingly fan and he has pointed out how valuable of a player Don was to the Yankees during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
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.
For his birthday, I would like to invite Mattingly to South Florida for the National League championship series with the winner earninga shot at a World Series title. He’s coaching with the Dodgers these days which means he will have to get through my Marlins, but if there is one team that is playing as well as us, it is Mattingly’s Dodgers.
Happy Birthday to Donnie Baseball!!