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Mattingly Biography

Mattingly Biography


Don Mattingly Biography

COACHING CAREER
Named the 27th manager in Dodger franchise history on Sept. 17, 2010, replacing future Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who he coached under for the past seven seasons...Becomes just the ninth skipper in Los Angeles Dodger history, following Hall of Famers Walter Alston (1954-76) and Tommy Lasorda (1977-96), Bill Russell (1996-98), Glenn Hoffmann (1998), Davey Johnson (1999-2000), Jim Tracy (2001-05), Grady Little (2006-07) and Torre (2008-10)...Will become the first Dodger manager to make his Major League managerial debut since Jim Tracy in 2001...Joined the Dodger staff as the club's hitting coach immediately following the 2008 All- Star break...As a coach, has reached the playoffs in six of his seven seasons...I n 2009, the Dodgers hit .270, which tied them with the New York Mets for tops in the National League...the Dodgers also led the National League with 1,511 hits and a .346 on-base percentage that season...After coming on board in July 2008, the Dodgers responded by hitting .279 (2nd, NL) in the second half while also posting a .350 on-base percentage (T-2nd, NL) and a .434 slugging pct. (4th, NL)...Prior to the 2008 season, served as the Yankees' bench coach in 2007 and as their hitting coach from 2004-06...In 2006, the Yankees led the Major Leagues with 930 runs scored, a .363 on-base percentage and 902 RBI...In his first year as the hitting coach in 2004, New York set an all-time franchise record of 242 home runs...Was a member of the American League coaching staff at the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston...Spent seven seasons as a special instructor during Yankees' Spring Training in Tampa, FL from 1997-2003...Skippered the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the 2010 Arizona Fall League.

PLAYING CAREER
Played his entire 14-year Major League career from 1982-95 with the New York Yankees...Amassed 2,153 hits, 222 home runs, 1,099 RBI, and a .307 lifetime average in 1,785 games...Was a six-time American League All-Star and was voted as the starting first baseman on the American League squad in the 1987 Midsummer Classic in Oakland...Was a nine-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at first base, including runs of five straight awards (1985-89) and four consecutive honors (1991-94)...Won the 1984 batting title with a .343 average...Named the American League Most Valuable Player in 1985, when he hit .324 with 48 doubles, a careerhigh 35 homers, and career-best 145 RBI...I n 1986, led the AL with 238 hits and 53 doubles...finished second in the MVP vote that season...In 1987, tied Dale Long's Major League record by hitting at least one home run in eight consecutive games (record later tied again by Ken Griffey Jr. of Seattle in 1993)...In '87, set a Major League record by hitting six grand slam home runs in a season, a record matched by Travis Hafner during the 2006 season...his grand slams in 1987 were the only six of his career...His No. 23 was retired by the Yankees on Aug. 31, 1997..also had a plaque dedicated to him in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium that reads in part: "A humble man of grace and dignity, a captain who led by example, proud of the Pinstripe tradition and dedicated to the pursuit of excellence".

PERSONAL
Donald Arthur Mattingly...married his wife, Lori, this past December in Indiana...nickname is "Donnie Baseball"... was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, where he was one of the nation's top prospects as a high school player at Reitz Memorial High School in 1979...was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 1979 draft... appeared in a baseball-themed episode of The Simpsons, entitled "Homer at the Bat," which originally aired in February 1992...attended the 2011 Dodger Caravan in Los Angeles...in 2009, attended the groundbreaking ceremony of a brand new "Dodgers Dreamfield" in Los Angeles...donated equipment for the LA Boys and Girls Club from his company, Mattingly Sports...in addition, created Mattingly Baseball Charities, which was created to serve underprivileged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities...has three sons: Taylor, Preston and Jordan...Taylor was selected by the Yankees in the 42nd round of the 2003 draft...Preston was selected by the Dodgers as a sandwich pick (31st overall) in the 2006 draft.

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