Don Mattingly ready for big opportunity

Strong work ethic and communication skills bode well for first-year Dodgers manager

Originally Published: November 30, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

On the final day of the 1987 season, on a cold, wet Sunday morning, Don Mattingly, the first baseman for the New York Yankees, was hitting early at Yankee Stadium. There was nothing to play for that day, no division title or batting title to be won, but there he was, just him hitting off a coach in the rain. When he was asked why he would do that, Mattingly said he had had some bad swings the day before "and I couldn't go home this winter swinging like that.''

That is Don Mattingly. ...

Read full story


You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?