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Don Mattingly
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The first table below presents Don Mattingly's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Don Mattingly
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1982NYA21
7
0.20.60.279-0.2
-0.2
0.40.60.422-0.1-0.0
1983NYA22
91
8.07.90.505-0.0
0.5
7.78.20.483-0.40.2
1984NYA23
153
18.216.10.5320.6
1.9
19.216.00.5451.12.5
1985NYA24
159
21.416.10.5711.9
3.3
20.915.70.5711.83.2
1986NYA25
162
19.815.70.5591.6
2.9
20.517.50.5401.02.4
1987NYA26
141
17.114.00.5500.8
2.0
16.513.30.5540.92.0
1988NYA27
144
17.214.10.5501.1
2.3
17.215.20.5310.51.7
1989NYA28
158
17.116.80.505-0.6
0.6
17.715.30.5370.41.7
1990NYA29
102
8.911.70.431-1.8
-1.0
9.510.80.470-1.0-0.2
1991NYA30
152
15.515.40.502-0.4
0.9
14.314.60.495-0.50.7
1992NYA31
157
17.217.40.497-0.7
0.7
16.916.00.514-0.11.3
1993NYA32
134
14.613.20.5250.2
1.3
13.913.30.511-0.20.9
1994NYA33
97
11.08.20.5720.9
1.8
10.49.90.512-0.20.7
1995NYA34
128
11.412.60.474-1.1
-0.2
11.212.30.476-1.0-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,785
197.6179.60.5242.3
16.9
196.5178.70.5242.316.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
5
0.50.60.452 -0.00.70.60.559 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,790
198.1180.20.524
16.9
197.2179.20.524 16.9


For the last six years of the 1980s, one could argue that the two best first basemen in Major-League Baseball played in New York: Don Mattingly and Keith Hernandez. (I'm an Eddie Murray fanboy, so I wouldn't personally make this argument, but you could make this argument and not be laughed at.)

At the time, Don Mattingly was perhaps viewed as the better of the two: making six All-Star teams (1984 - 89) to Hernandez's three (1984, 1986-87; Hernandez also made two earlier All-Star games - 1979, 1980 - as a St. Louis Cardinal), and winning the 1985 MVP award (Hernandez shared the 1979 MVP award with Willie Stargell).

When it came time to vote on these two players for the Hall of Fame, Mattingly fared somewhat better than Hernandez. Mattingly's lowest vote total in any of his years on the ballot, 54, was more than Hernandez's most votes in any of his years on the ballot, 52, and Mattingly's highest percentage (28.2%) was nearly three times Hernandez's highest percentage (10.8%).

On the other hand, Keith Hernandez was elected to Baseball Think Factory's Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility, while Don Mattingly has gotten almost no support, garnering a single down-ballot vote in the Hall of Merit's last election.

So, how do Don Mattingly and Keith Hernandez compare in Player won-lost records?

Don Mattingly Keith Hernandez
Season Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
1974
 
141.00.60.6170.20.2
1975
 
644.94.70.513-0.10.3
1976
 
12910.69.60.5240.00.8
1977
 
16118.114.20.5611.22.5
1978
 
15915.515.30.504-0.60.6
1979
 
16121.314.60.5942.53.9
1980
 
15917.916.10.5260.11.4
1981
 
10312.38.50.5931.62.4
198270.20.60.279-0.2
-0.2
16018.714.20.5691.62.8
1983918.07.90.505-0.0
0.5
15015.014.10.516-0.10.9
198415318.216.10.5320.6
1.9
15419.413.60.5882.13.4
198515921.416.10.5711.9
3.3
15818.914.20.5701.42.7
198616219.815.70.5591.6
2.9
14918.613.10.5872.03.2
198714117.114.00.5500.8
2.0
15417.114.80.5370.01.3
198814417.214.10.5501.1
2.3
9511.58.50.5741.01.7
198915817.116.80.505-0.6
0.6
755.55.70.490-0.4-0.0
19901028.911.70.431-1.8
-1.0
432.13.70.365-0.9-0.7
199115215.515.40.502-0.4
0.9
199215717.217.40.497-0.7
0.7
199313414.613.20.5250.2
1.3
19949711.08.20.5720.9
1.8
199512811.412.60.474-1.1
-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS1,785197.6179.60.5242.3
16.9
2,088228.4185.40.55211.627.4
1984 - 1989917110.992.70.5455.3
13.0
78590.969.90.5656.112.2


From 1984 - 1989, Mattingly and Hernandez had remarkably similar won-lost records (note, Hernandez's winning percentage is higher because he played in a non-DH league, so his batting is artificially high because it is compared, in part, to pitchers). Outside of these six years, however, Hernandez had much more bulk to his career, so that he bests Mattingly fairly clearly in career numbers.

Incidentally, from 1984 - 1989, Eddie Murray amassed 3.8 pWOPA (18.7 career) and 11.7 pWORL (45.0 career)

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