Friday, November 05, 2010

It gets lonelier for Don Mattingly

I started thinking about Don Mattingly at the end of the 2010 World Series.

Because, as I wrote in a previous post, the Giants had three former Mattingly era Yankees on their coaching staff.

Dave Righetti, who was the Rookie of the Year in the AL for 1981, just before Mattingly arrived.

Roberto Kelly, who was supposed to be the next great Yankee superstar and make a 1-2 punch with Mattingly.

And Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens, who was supposed to be the fan favorite right handed slugger.

They all toiled with Mattingly in disappointing season after disappointing season in the Bronx and shared with Donnie Baseball in ringless frustration.

Except now... they will all be fitted with rings... and Mattingly still has yet to participate in a World Series.

His luck, as I wrote before, is staggeringly bad.

And if his managerial abilities are any indication, he won't be getting a ring any time soon as the Dodgers skipper.

Man, he can't catch a break. Maybe he can as Bam Bam to take a look at HIS ring.

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  1. I'm going to Arizona next week for the Fall League and hope to catch Mattingly manage at least one game while I am there.... It should be interesting.

  2. I wouldn't characterize his luck as "staggeringly" bad...Yeah, he doesn't have a WS ring, but if after a career of wearing the pinstripes and you end up with the nickname "Donnie Baseball", life can't be all that bad.

    However, his luck has been pretty bad on the domestic front.

  3. Cro...
    He arrived in the Bronx in 1982... right after the team finished winning 4 pennants

    They didn't win a single pennant in his time as a Yankee

    The second he retires they rattle off 4 world series titles in 5 seasons and 6 pennants in 8 seasons.

    The second he returns as a coach, they can't win a pennant

    That's some AWFUL luck

  4. I agree, not good luck in baseball, but check out his wife....