Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hit Man

With a little perseverance
You can get things done
Without the blind adherence
That has conquered some
--Corey Hart

Saw Don Mattingly managing the Miami Marlins yesterday. The Hit Man was one of my faves during my 80s playing days. Some huge years with the Yanks at both plate and in the field. League MVP in 1985. Career .307. Nine gold gloves.

I particularly recall his 8 consecutive game home run streak in 1987. That was my last year as a player. Loved how he got ready at the plate and incorporated a bit of his style into my preparation in the box with good success.

Mattingly's injury shortened career has kept him out of the Hall of Fame due to the "not enough years" excuse.

Seems wrong to me.

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