Does Don Mattingly deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?
Now I know he does not have the numbers, but I'm not a stats guy. I go by what I saw and he was a great Yankee. Yes, it matters if you play in New York. The pressure is that much greater. A .300 average in NY is like a .325 average in Kansas City. 9 Gold Gloves, 6-time All Star. Batting Champion. Career average at .307 with 2100 hits. So I say yes.
I love the Yankees and Don Mattingly is my all time favorite player. I would vote him yes, but I don't think he will make it because his career was cut short due to his back issues, and his numbers declined after the injury
A good, popular player but not a Hall of Famer. I wouldn't have voted for a lot of the players who've made it over the last few years.
Its tough putting him in because I am a numbers guy.. although he was the hits machine.. he never won anything with the Yankees.. He never carried the Yankees into the World Series... so no I think he has fallen short.. but don't take away how great he was but Ill put him in with Bernie William Status..
I would say nobody deserves to get in until the MLB does the right thing and puts in Pete Rose.
I say yes...because on a numbers basis...he was equal to Kirby Puckett and he's in. And for about 6 years he was the best player in the game. And defensively, I have never seen a first basement other than Hernandez that was in his league.
And not that this is the basis...But on integrity alone. Had he been on PED's he might have overcome all those back injuries and been around a lot longer.
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