Monday, March 31, 2008

#300 Don Mattingly

Why this card is awesome: Because THIS is probably the best card of the 1980s, let alone of the 1988 Topps set. A great iconic action shot for a guy with all kinds of numbers in italics on the back of the card. What more can be said?

Cool stat: Despite playing contemporaneously with the two best hitters of the last 50 years (Wade Boggs and Tony Gwynn,) Mattingly actually led all of MLB in hits over one 3 year period, 1984 to 1986. Boggs would have led going away had he not walked so much (or rather had Mattingly and Gwynn not walked so little, as both had very low walk rates.)


Jim said...

It is somewhat hard to tell people who didn't watch baseball back then how GREAT Mattingly was. Who would've doubted he'd be in the hall of fame now?

Luke said...

he'll get in somehow. I'm sure Yankee Brass, past and present, will make a push for him.

Andy said...

Mattingly is BY FAR my most favorite player but I don't think he belongs in the HOF. He was great for only a short period, and wasn't good enough for the rest of his career.