Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#665 - Don Mattingly

What a card: Don Mattingly was coming off a breakthrough season when this card was issued. He showed his abbreviated 1983 season was no fluke, pounding pitching for a .343 average, 207 hits and 110 RBIs in 1984.

Can ya dig it: The second-year card is way underappreciated. That is a future post, by the way.

Right on: I don't remember Mattingly being known for his baserunning. An interesting choice.

Something you might know: Say it with me: "The greatest Yankee to never play in a World Series."

Something you might not know: Mattingly, now the manager of the Miami Marlins, is at the bottom of the majors in terms of successfully challenging umpires' calls so far this year. As a fan of the Dodgers, the team that once employed Mattingly as a manager, this does not surprise me.

 My observation on the back: That .167 average amid all those .300s sure is shocking. But not as shocking to me as seeing five years worth of minor league stats. This is Donnie Baseball!

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.


John Bateman said...

In 1985, with the limited card media that we had, the 2nd year cards were supposed to be the next big thing - Pete Rose 1964 card led the way and this card was right up there.

Rob said...

Love this card. Only 33K's in 600+ at-bats!