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Don Mattingly #8

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Full Name:
Don Mattingly
Uniform #:
8

MANAGING AND COACHING CAREER
• Will enter his fourth season as the Dodger skipper in 2014 after winning his first division title as a manager and leading Los Angeles to the NLCS last year
• Has guided the club to a winning record in each of his first three seasons (260-225, .536). Mattingly's .536 winning percentage ranks fifth in franchise history among managers with at least 350 games at the helm
• In his three seasons, the Dodgers have historically performed well in the season's second half, pacing the National League with a .590 winning percentage (125-87) since 2011
• Finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2013 after guiding the Dodgers from 12 games under .500 and 9.5 games out of first place in June to a division title...the Dodgers won the division by 11.0 games over Arizona, completing the campaign in first place by their largest margin since moving to the west coast in 1958, and wrapped up the division on Sept. 19, the earliest by calendar date that the club clinched first place since moving to Los Angeles
• From June 22-Aug. 18, guided the Dodgers on a historic 42-8 (.840) stretch, which was the franchise's best 50-game run in the modern era (since 1900)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers' 42 wins were tied for the second-most by a Major League team in a 50-game span since 1900...the 1912 Giants, 1941 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals also posted 42-8 records during 50-game runs, while the Cubs went 45-5 during a 50-game stretch in 1906
• In his first postseason as a manager, led the Dodgers to a 3-1 NLDS series victory over the Braves before the club fell to the Cardinals in six games in the NLCS
• Won his Major League managerial debut with a 2-1 victory over the Giants on March 31, 2011 
• Named the 27th manager in Dodger franchise history on Sept. 17, 2010, replacing Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who he coached under from 2004-10 
• Became 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 Hoffman (1998), Davey Johnson (1999-2000), Jim Tracy (2001-05), Grady Little (2006-07) and Torre (2008-10) 
• Was the first Dodger skipper 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, reached the playoffs in six of his seven seasons 
• In 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, Fla., 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 consecutive awards (1985-89) and four in-a-row from 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 career-high 35 homers and career-best 145 RBI 
• In 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…nickname is "Donnie Baseball"...married his wife, Lori, in December 2010 in Indiana...has three sons: Taylor, Preston and Jordan, as well as two stepsons, Isaac and Reynolds…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 and currently plays college basketball at Lamar university in Beaumont, Texas...was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, where a street was re-named in his honor in November 2013 as "Don Mattingly Way"...was one of the nation's top prospects as a high school player at Reitz Memorial High School and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 1979 draft...created and runs Mattingly Charities, which is designed to serve underprivileged youth by supporting programs and donating equipment which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities…has been regular participant on the Dodgers' Community Caravan and at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's Bowling Extravaganzas..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 January 2013, hosted "A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly," featuring George Lopez as well as many current Dodger players and Dodger legends...the event raised more than $70,000 for Mattingly Charities...was honored with the Tommy Lasorda Award at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 10th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Jan. 12...played the part of Mother Ginger in a local Evansville ballet company's production of the Nutcracker in 2012 and 2013...appeared in a baseball-themed episode of The Simpsons, entitled "Homer at the Bat," which originally aired in February 1992.

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