Don's interview with Little League

Friday, August 19, 2016

Miami Marlins manager, Don Mattingly, had an illustrious 14-year Major League Baseball playing career, all with the New York Yankees. Mr. Mattingly was an All-Star six times, won nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 American League batting title, and was the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player. Considered one of the most respected and successful franchises in all of sports, the Yankees have named only 13 team captains in its history. “Donnie Baseball” served in that role for five seasons. His number, 23, will never be worn by another Yankee because it was retired by the organization in 1997. Even with all of that success at the professional level, nothing brings a smile to Mr. Mattingly’s face more than reflecting on running to the concession stand for a free soda after a game at the Evansville North Side Little League.

Little League recently sat down with the “Hitman” to discuss his Little League days in Indiana, the role his father and mother played on the sidelines, and the importance of Little Leaguers® learning fundamentals, as well as respect for their fellow players....

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Mattingly Charities has been created to serve underprivileged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding and services and equipment for baseball, softball, and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of underprivileged youth, youth leagues, and social welfare and related organizations. 100% of the efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities.

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Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Don Mattingly played his entire 14-year Major League career from 1982-95 with the New York Yankees. Currently, Don is the manager of the Miami Marlins.

Career highlights include: 
- 1984 AL Batting Champ
- 1985 AL MVP
- 3X Silver Slugger Award Winner
- 6x All-Star/ 9X Gold Glove Award winner
- 1997 New York Yankees retired #23
- 2004-2007 New York Yankees coach
- 2008- 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach
- 2011-2015 Los Angeles Dodgers manager