Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 11/17/14


Don “Donnie Baseball” Mattingly played his entire 14 year career wearing the New York Yankees’ pin stripes. For most of his time in the Majors, Mattingly was the most popular Yankee. When one thinks of ’80′s Yankees baseball, Don Mattingly comes to mind. When the Yankees needed a Manager for the 2008 season, Mattingly’s name surfaced as a finalist. He was, at that time, the Yankees’ bench coach. Eventually, Joe Girardi was named Yankees’ manager, and Mattingly left to join Joe Torre with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the hitting coach. Joe Torre retired as Dodgers’ manager after the 2010 season and Mattingly was named the “head man.” Now, Donnie Baseball feels “blessed” that he did not get the Yankees managerial job. According to Mark Kriegel, of FOXSports.com, who recently interviewed the Yankee great, New York was not the place for Mattingly. Mark Kriegel tweets:

Don Mattingly on managing Yanks: “It was a blessing that I didn’t get that job.” Barfly airs Sun. w/ Mattingly, @jabbottum31@TBrownYahoo

— Mark Kriegel (@MarkKriegel) May 9, 2012

More Mattingly: “I was going through a rough time…trying to manage for the first time in New York…would have been absolutely miserable.”

— Mark Kriegel (@MarkKriegel) May 9, 2012

The interview will air on Fox’s TV show Barfly, this Sunday.

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