Don Mattingly will have another chance to be elected into Cooperstown.
In 2016, the Baseball Hall of Fame created the Era Committees to replace the Veterans Committee. The goal of the committees is to evaluate the players that did not get inducted into the Hall of Fame, but still might be worthy for induction. This will be the first year that players from the Modern Baseball Era (1970-1987) will be considered for election.
On Monday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the 2018 Modern Baseball Era Ballot. Nine former big-league players and one former executive will be considered for Hall of Fame election with the Class of 2018.
Former Yankee Don Mattingly is one of the names being considered for this year’s election. Having come up short in the annual Hall of Fame balloting, voters will have a another opportunity to evaluate Mattingly’s career.
Mattingly had an impressive 14-year career with the New York Yankees. In 1785 games, the first baseman posted a slash line of .307/.358/.471, and was named the 14th captain in franchise history.
Some of Mattingly’s accomplishments include:
- Gold Glove Awards- 9
- All-Star Selections- 6
- Silver Slugger Awards- 3
- Most Valuable Player Awards- 1
Although the end of his career was hampered by injuries, Mattingly had a major impact on the Yankees organization. It will be interesting to see if the voters feel that his career is deserving enough to earn baseball’s highest honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Modern Baseball Era ballot will be reviewed and voted upon on December 10 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.