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Don Mattingly (nicknamed “Donnie Baseball” and “The Hit Man”)

was a star left-handed first baseman for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. Don’s Major League career as a player totaled more than 11 years. After his playing career, Don served as hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2004 to 2006, then as their bench coach in 2007, before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as their Hitting Coach. In the fall of 2010 Don was promoted to manager of the Dodgers.

Don grew up in Evansville, Indiana and was one of the nation’s top prospects as a high school player at Reitz Memorial High School in 1979, even earning a brief write-up in Sports Illustrated magazine. However, Major League Baseball teams were sure he was going to college and didn’t draft him. The Yankees took a chance, and were able to sign Mattingly after selecting him in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur draft.

The sweet-swinging lefty immediately proved it was a wise decision, terrorizing opposing pitchers. He batted .349 in 1979, .358 in 1980, .316 in 1981 and made it to the majors late in the 1982 season after batting .315 for Triple-A Columbus.

For more on The Hit Man visit http://www.mattinglybaseball.com/biography.html.