Yankees captain in the mid-1980s and '90s, Don

Yankees captain in the mid-1980s and '90s, Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly, aka "Donnie Baseball," was the first baseman and heart and soul of the Yankees from 1984-95.

Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly

New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, center, stands
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New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, center, stands with manager Buck Showalter, left, and first baseman Don Mattingly in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in this March 1, 1993. Steinbrenner was making his return to as owner after he was suspended from baseball for 30 months for paying $40,000 to gambler Howie Spira to discredit Dave Winfield.

23 | DON MATTINGLY | Number retired: Aug.
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23 | DON MATTINGLY | Number retired: Aug. 31, 1997
Yankee/Career Stats: .307 AVG, 2,153 H, 222 HR, 1,099 RBI
No man has a nickname as good as "Donnie Baseball." Mattingly is still one of the most beloved Yankees of all time, and with good reason. Mattingly played the game like no other, he was a quiet leader who led by example. His bat did all the talking for him. But he was also one slick fielding first basemen. He was a six-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner and the 1985 MVP. He also captured the batting title in 1984 with a .343 average. However, Mattingly's peak was met with some of the darkest days of the Yankee franchise. Mattingly only reached the playoffs in his final season, 1995.

Yankees captain in the mid-1980s and '90s, Don

Yankees captain in the mid-1980s and '90s, Don Mattingly

First baseman Don Mattingly and George Steinbrenner are
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First baseman Don Mattingly and George Steinbrenner are seen walking together at the Yankees spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in this March 24, 1990 photo.

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Former Yankees great Don Mattingly, left, and Yankees
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Former Yankees great Don Mattingly, left, and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner chat at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 4, 1996, before the 122nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

Yankees acting manager Joe Girardi, right, and hitting
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Yankees acting manager Joe Girardi, right, and hitting coach Don Mattingly watch from the dugout while playing the Kansas City Royals. Girardi was filling as manager for a game while Joe Torre sat out a suspension.

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, right, and
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New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, right, and coach Don Mattingly watch from the dugout in the eighth inning of the Yankees 11-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game in Cleveland.

Derek Jeter shares a laugh with coach Don
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Derek Jeter shares a laugh with coach Don Mattingly in the dugout after Jeter hit a grand slam homer in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium Saturday.

Don Mattingly, left, and Joe Torre at Yankee
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Don Mattingly, left, and Joe Torre at Yankee Stadium. The former Yankees were on hand for a pre-game ceremony unveiling a monument for the late George Steinbrenner. (Sept. 20, 2010)

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Former Yankees captain and coach Don Mattingly watches
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Former Yankees captain and coach Don Mattingly watches a pregame ceremony unveiling a monument for George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 20, 2010)

Former Yankees captain and coach Don Mattingly speaks
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Former Yankees captain and coach Don Mattingly speaks at a news conference before a pregame ceremony unveiling a monument for George Steinbrenner. (Sept. 20, 2010)

Manager Joe Torre (L) and coach Don Mattingly
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Manager Joe Torre (L) and coach Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers attend a press conference announcing that Mattingly will manage the Dodgers in 2011 after Torre retires at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, left, talks
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, left, talks to James Loney during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks to
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talks to players during a spring training baseball workout. (Feb. 21, 2011)

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shows players
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shows players a drill during a spring training baseball workout Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Dodgers
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly coaches for the Phoenix Desert Dogs during the AZ Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly confirmed the team
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Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly confirmed the team has approached him about someday becoming manager Joe Torre's permanent replacement. (File photo, 2008)

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox shares
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David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox shares a laugh with New York Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly during batting practice before their game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

New York Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly watches
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New York Yankees hitting coach Don Mattingly watches catchers take batting practice during spring training camp Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla.

Dodgers' Bench Coach Don Mattingly watching the game
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Dodgers' Bench Coach Don Mattingly watching the game from the dugout in the 1st inning. New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Citifield. Photo by Kathy KmonicekFLUSHING, NY - JULY 9, 2009: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Citifield. Photo by Kathy Kmonicek

Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly