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Don Mattingly

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Biography:

Sports Speaker Don Mattingly is currently the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers of the MLB. Before becoming a big league manager, Don was a stellar first baseman who played all 14 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was an all-around All-Star, winning 9 Gold Gloves and 3 Silver Slugger Awards in his career. After retiring from the game in 1995, Sports Speaker Don Mattingly took some time off from baseball before joining the Yankees coaching staff in 2004. He worked as a special assistant, hitting coach and bench coach before following skipper Joe Torre to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a hitting coach. Following Torre’s retirement in 2010, Don was appointed his current position as manager of the Dodgers.

Don was a talented prospect in the late 70’s and was drafted straight out of high school by the Yankees in the 1979 MLB Draft. He saw his first action in the big leagues for the Yankees late in the 1982 season. By 1984, Don had earned the job as the Yankees starting first baseman. He won the batting title that year over teammate Dave Winfield. 1985 was one of Sports Speaker Don Mattingly’s best seasons in which he won the American League MVP award. Don made 6 straight All-Star appearances with the Yankees from 1984-1989. Following his retirement in 1997, the Yankees retired Don’s #23 jersey.

In 2005, Don founded Mattingly Sports, a baseball & softball equipment company based in Connecticut. As aforementioned, Sports Speaker Don Mattingly couldn’t stay away from the game. He took time off to watch his kids grow up but remained a part of the game as a special consultant for the Yankees. Before long he was back in the dugout helping the game’s new generation learn the ropes. Don’s managerial career has been considered a success so far having elevated the Dodgers from an average .500 team to playoff contenders.

Sports Speaker Don Mattingly is a familiar MLB legend who is available for personal appearances during the MLB offseason.