Don Mattingly will officially be a Dodger

July 9, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Baseball | 2 Comments

ESPN is reporting today that my childhood hero, Don Mattingly, will take over as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers after the All Star break. You may recall that he was originally named the hitting coach when Joe Torre became manager of the Dodgers this past winter, but he resigned before the season started so that he could handle a messy divorce from his wife.

Mattingly was one of the few modern superstars who played his entire career for one team, the New York Yankees. He was also a Yankees coach for four seasons. For me and all of his fans, it is difficult to imagine him in the uniform of any other team. But here he is in the Dodgers dugout during spring training:

It’s hard to decide what is more shocking, the lack of pinstripes or the lack of mustache…

It’s too bad that card companies don’t make cards of hitting coaches because it would be great to add a card of Mattingly with the Dodgers to my collection of 945 Mattingly cards with the Yankees. For that, we’ll just have to wait until the day when he deservedly becomes a manager. When that day comes, I just hope it’s with the Dodgers or any other team besides the Yankees. It would be tough to root against any team managed by Don Mattingly.


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  1. Funny how the stars lined up. I just picked up the 84′ Donruss set with an awesome Mattingly. I stumbled across a factory sealed UD ’89 baseball for a killer deal of $59; FACTORY SEALED. Don reminds me of a throwback to the golden era of baseball.

  2. Sounds like you got some great sets, Michael. While it’s sad that there are so many fewer collectors today than there used to be, one of the positive effects if you’re a buyer is that cards that were highly desirable in the 1980s are cheaper now than they were then. At a card show in May, I was about to pick up full sets of 1983 Topps, 1985 Topps, and 1992 Studio for $50 total, and a box of 1991 OPC Premier for $4!

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