Book Review – Donnie Baseball | Bronx Pinstripes

The New York Yankees finished the 2010s with more regular-season wins than any other team in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, all of those victories failed to translate into a World Series title. The Yankees of the 2010s were very good and undeniably consistent. They simply failed to take that final step and earn a parade through Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes.

Interestingly, this same scenario has played itself out before. In the 1980s, the Bronx Bombers won 854 regular-season games, the most by any team during the decade. The Yanks would post a winning record eight times during the ’80s, but they never won a championship. In fact, after losing the Fall Classic to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981, they would go the rest of the decade without a playoff appearance.

While the failures of the 1980s were undoubtedly disappointing, there was a clear, bright light amidst the darkness. His name was Don Mattingly. After breaking into the big leagues during the ’82 season, Mattingly would go on to cement himself as a Yankee legend. Mattingly turned heads at the plate and in the field, winning the AL batting crown in 1984 and the AL MVP award in 1985. The quiet kid from…

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